5 dead in small plane crash in California

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5 Killed In Crash Of Light Plane That Flew From San Jose Airport.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers pulled five bodies from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into an orchard in central California after vanishing from radar, local and federal authorities said Sunday. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:26 p.m., and roughly three hours later search crews found a debris-field roughly a quarter-mile in length in an almond orchard southwest of the intersection of Panama and South Allen lanes, just outside of Bakersfield in unincorporated Kern County, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Saturday, about three hours after receiving an alert from the Federal Aviation Administration about a missing plane that was last detected an estimated 10 miles south of the city, sheriff’s Cmdr. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the single-engine Piper PA32 about 4 p.m. as it was flying from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas, an FAA spokesman said.

Personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are at the crash site and the incident remains under investigation, according to Gregor. © Copyright 2015 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in nearby Hanford said it was rainy and cloudy in the area south of Bakersfield around the time the plane went off radar.

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