Pilot Killed in Angeles National Forest Identified as San Diego Doctor

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Courtesy Photo: Dr. Thomas Christopher Bruff

SAN DIEGO — The pilot killed in a plane crash in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, May 15, has been identified as a San Diego doctor, Thomas Christopher Bruff.
Thomas C. Bruff, M.D., 57, loved to fly and was an experienced pilot and a long-time member of the Plus One Flyers Club.

According to a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Bruff’s body was found in the wreckage of the single-engine Cessna 182 that crashed Sunday morning north of Altadena, in a remote area of the national forest called Bear Canyon.

As of Tuesday, the autopsy to determine the cause of Bruff’s death has not been completed.

Bruff departed from Montgomery Field about 7:30 a.m. and was in route to Santa Monica when the plane veered northeast from its path and lost radar contact one hour later, about 17 miles east of Van Nuys.

Bad weather delayed the search for the aircraft, but fog lifted later in the afternoon and the wreckage was seen about 5:00 p.m. on a slope somewhere along Bear Canyon or the peak above it, Brown Mountain.