Small plane crashes in California desert killing 2 aboard

November 13, 2021 GMT

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed when their plane crashed in the California desert Friday afternoon, officials said.

The crash, and a subsequent fire, was reported around 2:15 p.m. in eastern Kern County. Both occupants of the two-seater aircraft were killed, according to Kern County Fire Department spokesperson Erica Bain.

The incident occurred south of the city of Ridgecrest and about 135 miles (217 kilometers) from Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a single-engine Zenith STOL CH-701, according to The Bakersfield Californian.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.