Pilot dies in a small plane crash in Riverside County

TEMECULA, California (AP) – Authorities say a pilot died in a plane crash on a hillside in southern California.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Zodiac 601XL crashed just southeast of French Valley Airport in Temecula around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Sergeant Brandi Swan tells the Press Enterprise that when deputies arrived at the scene, they found the man dead inside the plane. He was the only occupant of the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the accident.

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