- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two people are dead after a small plane crashed not far from an airport in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California.

Amador County Undersheriff James Wegner told The Sacramento Bee (https://bit.ly/1ziZ1tm ) that a call was received shortly after noon Wednesday about a plane crash near Sutter Creek, located about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.

Deputies and fire crews found a single-engine plane with two victims at the scene. Their names were not immediately released pending notification of family.

Wegner said the crash was not far from Westover Field.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said preliminary information indicated a Cessna 172 went down along Shake Ridge Road.

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