CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — A Carmichael couple has been identified as the victims of a plane crash in Sonoma County.

Richard and Susan Bristow were in their small plane on Sunday afternoon when it went down about 1,000 yards from the Petaluma Municipal Airport.

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Investigators say the couple were in their RV-6 when it lost power and crashed, leaving the single-engine kit plane in pieces on a roadway.

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The couple has lived in Carmichael for more than two decades, where Richard worked as a real estate agent. Neighbors were in shock to find out about their death, remembering the couple as kind and gentle people.

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The couple’s son said his father was an excellent pilot and believes something mechanical went wrong with the plane.