Fatal plane crash near Big Bear Mountain

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Victim of plane crash identified as sheriff’s deputy

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department were requested to respond to the Apple Valley Airport in search of a vehicle belonging person reported to be missing. The reporting party stated the person or persons were flying in from the Big Bear area and were overdue.

Deputies located the vehicle at the airport and contacted the Aviation Division for assistance.  An aerial search began immediately covering the area between the Big Bear and Apple Valley airports.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 30, the crew aboard Aviation Division 40K3 located a single engine aircraft down in the county area of Big Bear Mountain. A flight crew member was hoisted to the wreckage and located two deceased: an adult male and female.

The female has been identified as Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28. Rebecca is a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Barstow Sheriff’s Station. Raymond has been with the department since September 2016. The name of the male deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

FAA and NTSB were contacted and have responded to assist the Sheriff’s Aviation Division with the investigation.  The cause of the collision is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

There is no additional information available for release at this time.