Hikers found the wreckage of 49-year-old Chris de Bar’s plane in a remote area of Mt. Diablo just before 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Dennis Schriber met de Bar almost 30 years ago while skydiving and the two became fast friends.
“He’s a psycho nut and I’m probably half of that,” said Dennis.
He says de Bar lived life to the extreme; he was a skydiver and motorcycle racer, and a few months ago, he decided to get his pilot’s license. Schriber has been a pilot for years.
“Flying. That’s all he could talk about. Ever since he started, that’s all he could talk about. He would call me every single day. Something else about planes,” said Schriber.
De Bar worked as an elevator repair technician in the South Bay during the week and stayed with friends in Hayward. He spent the weekends at his house in Granite Bay near Sacramento. A few weeks ago, he bought a single-engine Mooney M20 to commute back and forth each week.
“He was still under student status. Flying a high-performance airplane, things happen so much faster,” said Schriber.