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Pilot, passenger killed in Sonoma plane crash

A pilot and one passenger were confirmed dead Thursday in a plane crash near the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, according to Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies.

The crash occurred in a pasture around 7 p.m. in the vicinity of Wood Road and Wood Ranch Road outside Santa Rosa, roughly two miles south of the airport, deputies said.

The single-engine Piper PA-24 was headed to Santa Rosa from Palm Springs, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

It was on final approach to the airport when it crashed under unknown circumstances, Gregor said.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident.

Further information was not immediately available.


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