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Bakersfield Small Plane Crash Kills 5; Vanished From Radar

 

By    |   Monday, 21 Dec 2015 05:58 AM

Five people were killed over the weekend when a small single-engine plane crashed into an orchard in central California after vanishing from radar.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Piper PA32 around 4 p.m. Saturday as it headed from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to Henderson Executive Airport in a Las Vegas suburb, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The plane sent a mayday call, reported The Associated Press.

Searchers spotted the wreckage southwest of Bakersfield about three hours after receiving an alert from the FAA about a missing plane that was last detected an estimated 10 miles south of the city, the Kern County sheriff's office said.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford said it was rainy and cloudy in the area south of Bakersfield around the time the plane dropped off radar.

The Federal Aviation Administration was looking for what caused the crash, Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Mark King said. He said he expected the names of the victims to be released on Monday.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator also was on site Sunday, Gregor said.

FAA records list an address for an owner of the plane. A woman who answered a number listed for that address would only say that her husband used to be part owner of the plane but sold his share.

The crash was only about 30 miles from the site of a medical helicopter crash that killed four people in heavy rain and fog 10 days earlier.


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