The wreckage of a single-engine airplane was found late Thursday morning near Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The pilot -- the only person aboard the plane -- survived the crash.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter requested assistance to hoist an injured person out of the crash site in the area of Red Lake -- about five miles southeast of Huntington Lake at an elevation of about 9,000 feet, said Chris Curtice, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
The pilot's condition was not released, but search and rescue crews spotted him walking outside the plane, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The wrecked plane was found about a mile south of Brown Peak, Gregor said.
The pilot was flying from Fresno to Sacramento when he crashed, Gregor said.
The pilot's identify was not released. According to FAA registration information, the single-engine Piper PA28 is owned by Arnie Peterson of Big Pine in Inyo County. FAA records also list Paul Baldwin as an owner.
The pilot radioed Fresno air traffic control around 10 a.m. to say he had low oil pressure and was going down in the Sierra about 35 miles north-northeast of Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating the crash.
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