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3 killed in California vineyard plane crash

July 16, 2021 GMT

ANGWIN, Calif. (AP) — Three people were killed Friday when a small airplane crashed and burned in a Napa County vineyard, the second air crash with multiple fatalities in Northern California in two days.

A pilot and two passengers were aboard when the plane went down in the community of Angwin, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The three died at the scene, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of San Francisco. They were not immediately identified.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of the Beech V35B.

In Humboldt County, authorities said the remains of four people were recovered from the wreckage of a single-engine Mooney M20J that went down Thursday near the Dinsmore Airport.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said the victims were identified as Henry Punt, 69, of Los Angeles County; Steve Sanz, 63, of Orange County; Jacquie Ann Figg, 56, of San Bernadino County; and Kenneth John Malinowski, 62, of Sacramento County.

The cause of the crash is also being investigated by the NTSB.

The Sheriff’s Office statement credited witnesses and nearby community members with attempting to help the victims and potentially preventing the flames from progressing into a wildfire.