- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two men died when their small plane crashed Monday near Northern California’s Lake Berryessa, authorities said.

The bodies of pilot Jon Murray Karkow, 55, and passenger Cagri Sever, 41, were found at the crash scene, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Karkow, who was piloting, and Sever worked for Vacaville-based Icon Aircraft, which manufactured the single-engine amphibian plane they were flying, the office said.

The single engine Icon A5 plane crashed on the eastern shore of Lake Berryessa, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

“Icon A5s have been a common sight flying over the Lake Berryessa area recently,” the sheriff’s office said.

The crash occurred in a remote location that cannot be accessed by land, Sheriff’s Captain Steve Blower told the Sacramento Bee. Officials responded by boat and were trying to recover the plane.

The planes are designed to be affordable, lightweight, and easy to operate and meant for “recreational pilots who primarily fly for fun,” the company says on its website.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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