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FAA: Santa Paula plane crash apparently caused by loss of engine power

July 4, 2011 | 11:29 am

Federal aviation officials said Monday morning that it appears a small plane that crashed in Ventura County on Sunday night lost engine power shortly after takeoff.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Cessna C-180 lost power after departing from Santa Paula Airport and crashed into a riverbed a quarter-mile southeast of the airport. The crash occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Two people were killed. Their identities were not released. The Ventura County Fire Department  said that one victim was found inside the wreckage of the plane and the other was found a short distance away.

The airport is about 15 miles northeast of Oxnard.

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting a full investigation.

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