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Plane crash in Southern California leaves 6 people dead

The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Published: July 8, 2023 4:07pm

Updated: July 8, 2023 9:56pm

Six people died early Saturday morning after a Cessna business jet crashed in Southern California, according to reports. 

Authorities responded to the crash in Murrieta at around 4:15 a.m. where the plane was found “fully engulfed in flames in a field,” according to NBC News. 

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesperson told the outlet that the plane "crashed short of French Valley Airport during its second approach." The flight had departed from Las Vegas, Nevada. 

As of now, no other victims have been identified, but six people were pronounced dead on the scene. 

The incident is being investigated by the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The cause of the crash is not known at this time. 

"At this early stage of an investigation, NTSB does not state a cause but will provide factual information when available," NTSB spokesperson Jennifer Gabris said, according to NBC News. "Investigations currently take between 12 and 24 months to complete."

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