A search-and-rescue team Sunday found the remains of three people among the wreckage of a plane believed to have crashed and sparked a brushfire near Volcan Mountain this week, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies were preparing to have the remains moved from the mountain, but high winds have so far prevented a helicopter from reaching the remote canyon where the crash site is located, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam.
Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Issac Sanchez said he’s not sure when Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be able to inspect the wreckage of the plane that’s believed to have sparked the fire.
“The fire threat has been mitigated,” he said. “But there’s still an accessibility issue.” The Sheriff’s Department has not yet confirmed whether the wreckage belongs to a plane reported missing out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon.