4 killed in northern California plane crash, NTSB to investigate

COLUMBIA, Calif., July 28 (UPI) — Four people died when their twin-engine Cessna burst into flames after hitting a fuel truck after landing at a northern California airport.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said the private plane was engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The plane had been coming in for a landing from the north about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, veered off the runway and crashed. The fire spread to the surrounding brush and grass but was quickly extinguished.

The bodies, which have not been identified, were taken to the local coroner’s office to determine next of kin. National Transportation Safety Board authorities from Colorado are expected to begin an investigation Thursday.

“There is no information as to where the plane was coming from or headed to,” the sheriff’s office said. “This is a very tragic event and our hearts go out to the families of these victims.”

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