2 Die in Southern California Plane Crash

by nph | July 4th, 2011

A Cessna C180 similar to this one crashed in Southern California on July 3, 2011

A Cessna C180 similar to this one crashed in Southern California on July 3, 2011

July 4, 2011

A small plane crashed Sunday night in California’s Ventura County, killing both people aboard.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports that the Cessna C180 took off from Santa Paula Airport around 8:30 p.m., lost engine power, and then crashed a quarter mile from the airport. The plane crashed into a riverbed in the remote community of South Mountain, which is about 12 miles northeast of Ventura and 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Officials say that the plane, which was on fire when it was discovered, apparently clipped electrical lines.

Rescue crews initially hiked into the crash site, where they found one body in the plane’s wreckage and one nearby. Emergency vehicles were eventually able to access the site.

The persons’ identities have not yet been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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Do you think this California aviation accident could have been prevented?

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Photo courtesy of YoungEagles.org