- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BAKER, Calif. (AP) - The two victims killed in a Mojave Desert plane crash last month near the California-Nevada state line were the former owner of a Southern California skydiving center and his wife.

The San Bernardino County coroner confirmed Monday that the pilot was 71-year-old Van Pray of Henderson, Nevada and his passenger was his 66-year-old wife Alberta Pray.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (https://bit.ly/16bWw4v) reports that Van Pray is a commercial pilot who owned a skydiving center at California City Airport that closed in 2007.


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The couple had taken off from that airport headed for their home in Henderson when their single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed Jan. 20.

A Civil Air Patrol search team found the plane’s wreckage in the Clark Mountain Range.



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