RICHMOND -- The pilot of a Cessna 210 pulled from wreckage after the small plane collided with another aircraft and plunged into San Pablo Bay last weekend has been identified as 33-year-old David Everett Plumb, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.
Plumb's body was recovered when a marine salvage company pulled the plane's fuselage from the water on Wednesday afternoon, three days after the small plane crashed into the bay. Plumb was a resident of Rocklin, a suburb north of Sacramento.
He died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to a Contra Costa County Coroner's Office autopsy performed Thursday.
Plumb is a licensed pilot and an airplane mechanic, according to FAA records.
On Tuesday, a wing, a wheel and other small parts of the plane were located about 1.5 miles off the shore near Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor in Richmond, said Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. An underwater camera located the fuselage of the plane, which was returning from the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show at the Half Moon Bay Airport on Sunday afternoon with a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK20 when the collision occurred.
Howard Plagens, the National Transportation Safety Board's lead investigator on the incident, said Wednesday it was hard to tell what caused the Cessna to crash into the water. As the barge carrying the wreckage pulled to shore, investigators were working quickly to splash fresh water onto the downed plane to preserve any evidence.
Plagens added that investigators want to further inspect the wreckage. A preliminary report is expected to be released Monday. Plagens would not comment on media reports that the two planes had touched or collided in midair.
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Staff writer David Debolt contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.