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5 bodies found in California plane wreckage

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5 bodies found in California plane wreckage

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

The identities of the victims have not been released. Shaun Beasley said a search and rescue crew located the debris in the orchard around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, about three hours after receiving an alert from the FAA about the missing plane.

The Kern County Sheriff-s Office-Coroner Division recovered the bodies Saturday and is in the process of identifying them.

The aircraft with tail number N36402 is registered to RAD Aviation of San Jose, Calif. It appears that that plane has been owned by the same company since it was built in 2006.

King said the bad weather may have been a factor.

The single-engine Piper PA32 disappeared from radar at about 4 p.m. south of Bakersfield about 10 miles, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, according to CNN.

Officials at Los Angeles International Airport had advised local authorities that a pilot had issued a mayday call before falling out of contact near Bakersfield. 

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