Search crews find wreckage of missing single-engine plane bound for Henderson

Dec 22, 2015

Five people died Saturday when a single-engine plane crashed into an almond orchard in central California, local and federal authorities said Sunday.

Beasley said crews will search through the night.

The Sheriff’s Office, Bakersfield Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Kern County Fire Department responded to the area and conducted a ground search, the release said.

The single-engine Piper PA32, was found at an orchard Saturday night, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office say a debris field spanning almost a quarter mile was found on Panama Lane and South Allen Road.

The FAA official added that the plane was flying from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and was headed to the Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada.

Carpenter said that they aren’t sure how many were onboard the aircraft when it crashed and he’s not sure if weather was a factor.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials arrived at the scene Sunday to find out what caused the crash.

The investigation continues today, but it was rainy and cloudy in the area around the time the plane went off radar.

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.

A sheriff’s officer said it may take a day or two to identify all of the plane debris before the investigation on the possible cause can begin.

Investigators work near a scene of an aircraft crash in Bakersfield on Sunday


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