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5 dead in small plane crash in California

The bodies of the victims were recovered from the single-engine plane wreckage in an almond orchard in central California, local and federal authorities said Sunday.

Mark Christian 23ABC speaks with KCSO Senior Deputy John Carpenter on the plane debris that was found near Panama Lane. There were no survivors. According to a statement from the FAA, the plane was travelling from San Jose, California to Henderson Executive Airport, outside Las Vegas in Clark Country, Nevada.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether weather was a contributing factor, but light rain and mist were observed nearby at the time of the crash, said Cindy Bean of the National Weather Service in Hanford, Calif.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Five people are dead following a small plane crash in Bakersfield, California.

The wreckage was discovered southwest of Bakersfield around three hours after rescuers received an alert from the FAA about a missing plane.

A single-engine Piper PA32 that took off from the Reid-Hillview Airport disappeared from radar near Bakersfield around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Ian Gregor from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The county coroner responded to the scene and was working to identify the bodies.

A sheriff’s officer said it may take a day or two to identify all of the plane debris before the investigation on the possible cause can begin. Check back for updates.

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