4 dead after small airplane crashes at Southern California airfield

CORONA, Calif. — Four people were killed Wednesday in the crash of a small airplane at a Southern California airfield, authorities said.

The plane went down at Corona Municipal Airport, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Corona police said in a social media post.

Firefighters found the plane burning in brush on the east side of the airport, not far from one end of the runway.

Four fatalities were confirmed, the Corona Fire Department said in Twitter post.

An incident involving a plane crash is being conducted at the Corona Airport. @coronafiredept and @coronapd are on scene.

The airport is closed
3-4 occupants in the plane
Approximately 80 gallons of fuel
Extending into vegetation pic.twitter.com/rXMUHbz4K2

The aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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The airport was closed to flights after the crash.

The airport is strictly for recreational aviation and has several hundred general aviation aircraft based there, according to its website.

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