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Investigators sift through wreckage of small plane in Agua Dulce

October 22, 2010 | 10:58 am

L.A. County coroner's investigators continued to sift through the debris Friday of a single-engine plane that crashed in Agua Dulce, killing three people and three horses.

They said they would not be able to identify the dead for two or three days.

The Cirrus SR-22 was flying from Van Nuys Airport to Parker, Ariz., when it came down about 12:20 p.m. about one mile west of the Agua Dulce Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two of the horses were killed by flying debris and a third had to be euthanized because of serious injuries. Another horse was hurt but is expected to survive, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.

Agua Dulce, which is known for the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, is north of Santa Clarita and about 45 miles from Los Angeles.

An FAA spokesman said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Flames from the plane spread to the nearby barn but because of the rainy weather the fire posed little threat and was quickly extinguished, said Matt Levesque, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

-- Dan Weikel and Sam Quinones

Photo: A Los Angeles County coroner's investigator is seen Friday at the scene of a fatal plane crash on the 33000 block of Canyon Quail Trail. The single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed Thursday in the rural area of Agua Dulce. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times