- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a small plane bound from Palm Springs to Northern California crashed near an airport in Santa Rosa, killing a man and woman who were the only ones on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor tells The Associated Press that the single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed under unknown circumstances as it approached Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

A sheriff’s statement said Friday that the two dead are 69-year-old Donald MacKenzie and 68-year-old Marsha Gastwirth, both from Santa Rosa.

The Sheriff’s Department said the plane was mangled and had come to rest in a muddy field about two miles from the airport when emergency responders arrived. It did not hit any trees or structures and there was no fire.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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