- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say there were reports a small home-built plane was in distress before it crashed in a Southern California orchard, killing both people aboard.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue says as the engine started cutting out, the plane apparently got tangled in power lines and crashed Saturday.

County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery says arriving units found it engulfed in flames. The victims were deceased at the scene. They have not been named.

The site is in the agricultural Aliso Canyon area between the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, tells the Ventura County Star (https://bit.ly/1WSmm5s ) that the aircraft was a single-engine VariEze plane.

The crash is under investigation.


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