Rescuers pull 5 bodies from plane wreckage in California orchard

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5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes in California.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they found five bodies among the wreckage of a plane that crashed in central California after sending a mayday call and disappearing from radar. 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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