UPDATE: Calaveras County officials are awaiting a fingerprint match before releasing the name of the pilot who died after his plane crashed Monday morning near Angels Camp.
Coroner Kevin Raggio said an autopsy was completed today and that the man died of “multiple traumatic injuries.”
Raggio said the man had identification with him in the plane, and that he has spoken to family members of the victim. However, he'll withhold releasing his identity until he gets confirmation through a federal database sometime this afternoon or Wednesday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board was at the crash site this morning collecting evidence as part of its investigation into the crash, according to Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Debby Parsons.
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Authorities say a pilot is dead after his small plane crashed Monday morning in Calaveras County.
The tail number of the plane is registered to Michael Monzingo of Oakdale. It is not clear who was flying the plane when it crashed.
The pilot’s identity won't be released until Tuesday, Keith Rosa, deputy coroner for the Calaveras County Coroner's Office, said late Monday afternoon.
A sheriff’s dispatcher says the wreckage was found in a field near Pool Station Road north of Highway 4. The accident occurred just after 9 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot was the only one on board the Cessna 172. He says the cause of the crash isn’t known.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. An autopsy will be be performed today.
Capt. Ed Ballard with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office told KCRA-TV that 911 calls came in about a low-flying aircraft possibly doing tricks, and shortly afterward, callers said they heard a loud boom.
A man's body was found at the wreckage site, Ballard told the TV station.
Witness George Anderson, a Pool Station Road resident who lives about a mile from the crash site, told KCRA that he saw the plane circling for about 15 minutes before the crash. He said the aircraft circled about 30 times, banking steeply.
Anderson told the station that he called his children to come outside to see the plane. While he was on the phone with 911, he heard the crash.
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