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Officials: 2 killed in plane crash near Oxnard

Posted: July 6, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2013 2:00 p.m.
 

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials say the pilot and passenger of a small plane were killed last month when they crashed shortly after takeoff from Oxnard Airport.

In preliminary investigation findings, the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane piloted by its owner crashed into a plowed field June 29, killing the pilot and a passenger.

The crash happened about a mile from the departure runway at Oxnard, where the plane had taken off around noon.

The crash was reported by a local resident who heard the plane's engine backfire two or three times, followed by a loud boom.

Investigators say the right wing and fuselage were consumed by flames after the fire.

The wreckage will undergo further examination.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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