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At least 3 dead after small plane crashes off Newport Beach

November 21, 2010 |  8:10 pm
3 people were killed in a small plane crash in Newport Beach

A small private plane crashed in the water off Newport Beach on Sunday evening, killing at least three people, Newport Beach police said.

“Whether or not we have more victims, I don’t know,” Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Burdett said.

The single-engine Beechcraft Muskateer was traveling from Mexico to Torrance when the crash occurred  about 5:45 p.m., according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

After the crash, the plane was upside down in the water in Newport’s Back Bay. The plane was owned by a Palos Verdes real estate agent, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. It typically takes the NTSB months to come up with a probable cause for accidents.

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