Four Dead as Plane Crashes on Approach to Local Airport
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) _ A private plane crashed in a field as it approached an airport through heavy fog today, killing at least four people, authorities said.
″We have four confirmed dead, but the flight plan indicated there were five aboard,″ said Fred O’Donnell, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The twin-engine Cessna Citation, en route from Van Nuys Airport, was preparing to land at San Luis Obispo Airport when it apparently clipped some trees and tumbled in a ball of flames, said police Sgt. Ron Brown.
The pilot made his last standard communication with the airport tower at 7:03 a.m., and crashed three minutes later about three miles northwest of the airport, O’Donnell said.
The identities of the victims were not immediately available, said San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s Detective Mike Wasley.