5 bodies found among plane wreckage in orchard near Bakersfield

Five people are dead following a small plane crash in Bakersfield, California.

A single-engine Piper PA32 that took off from the Reid-Hillview Airport disappeared from radar near Bakersfield around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Ian Gregor from the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to CNN, the plane had sent a mayday call at 4.30pm.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator and two FAA inspectors were at the crash site Sunday afternoon, Gregor said.

Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark King said Sunday that the bodies have not been identified yet.

The debris was found in an orchard, south of the road, said Beasley.

The county coroner responded to the scene and was working to identify the bodies. The debris-field of the crash was almost a quarter-mile in length and it was found in an almond orchard at the southwest of the intersection of South Allen and Panama lanes in detached Kern County. The plane missed several FAA locational vectors, indicating it had traveled off course, and quickly descended 15,000 feet as the pilot apparently lost control of the plane.

It’s not clear if weather played a part in the crash. “It typically takes the agency months if not longer to determine a probable cause for an accident”.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford said it was rainy and cloudy in the Central California area around the time the plane went off radar.

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