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Cessna Crashes into Residential Area, Three Killed

January 27, 1986

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) _ A twin-engine Cessna crashed on a residential street and exploded in flames today, killing all three people aboard but apparently causing no injuries or serious damage on the ground.

The plane is believed to have crashed shortly after taking off from the South Lake Tahoe airport.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Captain Steve Lang said witnesses said it sounded like the plane was having engine trouble before it went down.

The craft crashed into the middle of a street on the city’s west side, erupting into flames and damaging two parked cars. There was no damage reported to any of the homes in the area.

Lang said from his preliminary observations, it appears the plane banked hard left as it tried to turn back toward the airport.

None of the victims have been identified, and Lang said the condition of the bodies could make positive identification difficult.

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