The man who died Sunday night when the Cessna 152 he was piloting crashed in the Capital Hills area of Tehachapi had rented the plane in Lancaster, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Monday.
The pilot, whose name has not yet been released, rented the plane at William J. Fox airfield, said Mike Huhn, an air safety investigator.
The pilot took off from Tehachapi Municipal Airport before crashing at about 6:02 p.m. north of Mill Street and Highway 58, Huhn said.
“The information indicates the person is not a Tehachapi resident and right now we are just gathering the facts,” Huhn said. He added, “With the information we have the airplane just departed from the Tehachapi Municipal Airport and the eyewitnesses reported that it made some sort of turn and the airplane impacted the ground. We don’t know what happened yet.”
Huhn said the first call of the crash came into the Tehachapi Police Department at 6:02 p.m. Sunday. That sent emergency personnel to the scene, where Kern County Fire Department's Helicopter 407 found the wreckage.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane.
It may take up to a year for the NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the crash.