PETALUMA (AP) — Northern California authorities say a pilot and passenger have been killed in the crash of a small plane near a Sonoma County airfield.
Witness Giorvi Alvarez tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that he heard the plane’s engine sputter shortly after takeoff Sunday from Petaluma Municipal Airport.READ MORE: Joseph Hits Winner, Pistons Rally Late To Stun Kings 133-131
Alvarez says the plane was turning around and heading back to the airport when it crashed in a street. Officials say nobody on the ground was hurt but both occupants of the plane were killed. They haven’t been identified.READ MORE: Arden-Area Truck Crash Knocked Out Power To 1,400 Customers
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane was a single-engine Van’s RV-6. The two-seat homebuilt airplane is sold in kit form.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of San Francisco.MORE NEWS: 'Hate Seeing Animals Go Through That': Panicked Pup Finally Rescued After Months Running
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