- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

TEMPLETON, Calif. (AP) - A pilot and passenger have died after a small plane they were in crashed in a private airstrip in the Central California town of Templeton.

The San Luis Obisbo County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla says witnesses reported seeing the single-engine Piper Cub take off, lurch to the right and then spiral into an open field at about 10 a.m. Saturday.

The victims were 82-year-old Robert Berg and 66-year-old John Warren, both from Paso Robles.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the plane was registered to Robert Berg. He also owned the Oak Country Ranch Airport where the crash occurred.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA were investigating the cause of the crash.

Templeton is a little more than five miles south of Paso Robles.

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