Jan 7, 2013 7:15 PM by Associated Press
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California's Central Valley say that two people are dead after a small airplane crashed en route from San Diego to Fresno.
Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says a sheriff's helicopter found the crash site around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Pruitt says when emergency crews arrived they found the two people on board dead.
The identities of the two people have not been released.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Beechcraft BE-35 disappeared from radar and radio contact around 4 p.m. on Sunday
The airplane went down in a mountainous area about 35 miles northeast of Bakersfield.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
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