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Two dead in Ventura County plane crash

July 5, 2012 |  3:29 pm

Two men aboard a small plane died Thursday afternoon after their aircraft crashed east of Piru in Ventura County, authorities said.

The two-seat, private plane crashed in a citrus orchard about 100 yards north of Highway 126 between two ranches on the 5200 block of Telegraph Road. No other casualties on the ground were reported, authorities said.

They crashed about nine miles from the Santa Paula Airport, but authorities said they did not know whether the men were coming or going from that location because it has an uncontrolled tower with no radio ability.

Authorities received the first call at 1:25 p.m. alerting them to the incident. The California Highway Patrol, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the Ventura County Fire Department arrived shortly after.

The plane likely crashed at a severe angle causing minimal debris. No property was damaged, said Steve Swindle, a spokesman with the Ventura County Fire Department.

Names of the men killed will not be released until families have been notified.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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-- Melissa Leu

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