Small plane from San Carlos Airport crashed in Sierra Foothills, killing two people on board


By Bay City News Service

Federal investigators are looking into the crash of a small plane that took off from the Bay Area on Friday.

The two people on board the plane were killed, said J.J. Johnston, regional operations officer with the Federal Aviation Administration. No one on the ground was hurt, Johnston said.

The victims' identities have not been released, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

The plane, a Piper PA-32, departed San Carlos Airport and was headed for Pine Mountain Lake Airport in Groveland, about 45 miles east of Modesto in the Sierra foothills, Johnston said.

The plane crashed and burst into flames in the backyard of a residential home about one-eighth of a mile south of the airport, Johnston said. The crash happened at 7:17 p.m. Friday, he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, Johnston said.

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