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Crash of Small Plane Kills 4 in Southern California

The cause is unknown, and the NTSB will investigate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2020 6:55 PM CST
A photo taken from video shows the wreckage of a small plane after it crashed and burned Wednesday at Municipal Airport in Corona, California.   (KTLA-TV via AP)

(Newser) – Four people were killed Wednesday in the crash of a small airplane at a Southern California airfield, authorities said. The plane went down at Corona Municipal Airport, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Corona police said in a social media post. Firefighters found the plane burning in brush on the east side of the airport, not far from one end of the runway, the AP reports. Four fatalities were confirmed, the Corona Fire Department said in Twitter post.

The aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances, and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. The airport was closed to flights after the crash. The airport is strictly for recreational aviation and has several hundred general aviation aircraft based there, according to its website.

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