PHOTOS: Plane Crash in San Luis Obispo, Deputies Unable to Identify Body
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A plane crashed near the San Luis Obispo County Airport Monday afternoon, according to deputies. Investigators say they are unable to identify the body of the person in the plane due to the extensive injuries.
The Department of Justice says they will have to confirm the identity through DNA analysis.
Witnesses said the plane crashed into a FedEx truck around 1 p.m. then crashed into the Promega Bio Sciences building on the 200 block of Granada Drive. Authorities said the pilot was killed instantly. The chemical warehouse building was evacuated, as well as surrounding buildings and businesses. The name of the pilot hadn't been released as of Monday night.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was recently purchased in Napa and is registered to a business in downtown San Luis Obispo, but the owner of the building declined to comment on who the plane might be registered to.
The National Transportation Safety Board was on scene Monday night investigating the cause of the crash. Officials plan on spending the rest of evening combing through the wreckage as they continue to search for clues as to why this plane went down.
"Shortly after departure, the pilot declared 'may day', declared an emergency with air traffic control and the airplane crashed about a mile and a half northwest," said NTSB investigator Elliott Simpson.
Officials said the Cessna went through a power line, a tree and then clipped the chemical warehouse building. Once the plane hit the ground, it stopped and landed on a parked FedEx truck. The driver had walked away from the truck only moments before the crash.
"This building houses several chemicals so we were very fortunate none of the containers were comprised," said Fire Chief Charles Hines with San Luis Obispo Fire Department.
The plane will be transferred to a warehouse in Los Angeles Tuesday for further investigation and officials said it could take months before they know the exact cause of the crash.
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