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Small airplane from San Diego crashes in Baja California

September 26, 2010 |  1:35 pm

A twin-engine plane that apparently departed from San Diego crashed in the mountains of Baja California on Saturday, authorities said. 

Mexican military personnel in a helicopter spotted the wreckage of the Beechcraft Baron in steep and rugged terrain near Cabo San Lucas but were unable to land at the crash site, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. They were attempting Sunday to hike to the site.

Gregor said it was not known how many people were on board, their identities or their fate. According to preliminary information, the plane was believed to have departed from San Diego to Los Cabos, Mexico, en route to Argentina before crashing under unknown circumstances.

There were reports that the plane broke apart but did not catch fire after hitting the mountain.
Gregor said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the accident only if invited by Mexican authorities to participate.

The aircraft, built by Hawker Beechcraft Corp., can be configured for two to six passengers, according to the company's website.

-- Carla Rivera