first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed to Henderson, Nev., crashed on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County early Friday, killing an Air Force officer and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The pilot was identified by the county Coroner’s Office as Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, 43, of Clinton, Utah. Roessler was not on official Air Force business and was flying a private aircraft, Supervising Deputy Coroner Gabriel Morales said. The plane took off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, Gregor said. Shortly after 6 a.m., plane wreckage was reported on Interstate 15, said county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys. The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Interstate 15, the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was not closed but traffic was slowed for hours and backed up for several miles.last_img

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