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Three people confirmed dead in plane crash near Lake Elsinore

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Issue 27, Volume 18.

Three people aboard a small plane were killed today when a wing clipped a tree and crashed in the Santa Ana mountains, off the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:22 a.m. to an area near the Lookout Roadhouse restaurant, in the 32100 block of Ortega Highway, in response to a small fire.

The Riverside County Fire Department confirmed the fatalities. Cal Fire reported that one of the plane's wings had clipped a tree, causing the single-engine aircraft to crash.

The fire was sparked by a Piper PA28 Cherokee airplane, which crashed into a cliff. Its tail number would not be released until relatives of the three people were notified, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

Witness Alan Scott told ABC7 the Advertisement
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plane appeared to lose power when it barely cleared power lines and tried to "climb" upwards.

It's not certain if wind played a role in the crash, according to ABC7. There were no other reports of injuries or fatalities. The fire was contained to less than an acre, authorities said. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Three people are confirmed dead as a plane crashed today near the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, and sparked a fire.

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:22 a.m. to an area close to the Lookout Roadhouse Restaurant in the 32100 block of Ortega Highway in response to the fire.

A Cleveland National Forest dispatcher said the number of people killed or injured was not yet confirmed.



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Comment #1 | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Thanks for following up on the tip, VN. We saw it not long after it happened. My deepest condolences to the families.

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