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Two missing after small plane crashes near Fresno

November 11, 2012 |  5:58 pm

A two-engine Cessna airplane that crashed Saturday evening in a mountainous area near Fresno was carrying two people, and a search of the area has turned up no signs of survivors, authorities said.

Some remains were removed from the wreckage and have been taken to the Fresno County coroner’s office, sheriff's Lt. Shawn Erwin said Sunday evening.

There were initial reports of a body found in the wreckage, but sheriff’s officials later said those reports were not accurate.

The plane was en route from Salinas, Calif., to Omaha. People living in the community of Shaver Lake, about 50 miles northeast of Fresno, called authorities around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and reported hearing “what sounded like a plane in distress.” 

Helicopter and ground crews eventually located the severely damaged airplane in the dark, sheriff’s officials said. The Associated Press reported that the plane was upside-down when it was discovered. 

Erwin said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board told the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that the plane was carrying two people when it crashed. Their names were not released pending identification of the remains and notification of next of kin.

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