CALIFORNIA- Six people lost their lives on Saturday morning when a small Business plane crashed in California. The tragic incident occurred near the French Valley Airport in Murrieta, Riverside County, at approximately 4:15 a.m. local time.
The aircraft involved was identified as a Cessna C550 business jet.
Plane Crashed in California
According to the Riverside County Fire Department’s tweet, the plane had gone down in a field and was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters promptly responded, and the blaze, which consumed about one acre of vegetation, was brought under control by 5:35 a.m.
Upon arrival, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office declared all six passengers deceased. At this time, their identities have not been released to the public.
Initial reports indicate that the ill-fated flight originated from the Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, as confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FAA and NTSB start Investigation
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have launched investigations into the crash to determine the cause and gather crucial information.
Tragically, this is the second aviation accident to occur in the same area within a week. CBS Los Angeles reported that another Cessna crashed near the French Valley Airport on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the life of one individual and injuring three others.
The deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Temecula resident Jared Newman, who was reportedly piloting the aircraft in violation of federal regulations governing training licenses.
Aviation A2Z will provide further updates on the investigation and any significant developments as this story continues to unfold.
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