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California Briefing / Pomona

Man, woman die in plane crash

March 15, 2009|Jason Felch

A man and a woman were killed Saturday when their plane crashed into a hillside minutes after takeoff in Pomona, authorities said.

The single-engine Piper Cherokee took off from Brackett Field en route to Mojave at 11:12 a.m. and struck a hillside above a small cemetery three minutes later, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane was destroyed by the impact. The victims had not been publicly identified Saturday night. The plane is registered to a San Dimas-based technology company, Netsense Inc.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the cause of the crash, Gregor said.

-- Jason Felch

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