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Wreckage of San Jose plane crash found; 2 dead

April 19, 2009 |  2:38 pm

Debris from a small plane that crashed into a mountain in the San Jose area, killing both people on board, was discovered today, officials said.

The single-engine Champion Citabria left Watsonville Airport about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and was reported missing that evening when it failed to arrive at its destination in Wilton, Calif., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. (An earlier version of this post said the plane was to arrive in Alta Mesa.)

Search crews aboard a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office helicopter discovered the wreckage this morning at the 400-foot level of Mt. Hamilton, he said. The cause of the crash was unknown and the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The names and ages of the victims were not immediately available.

-- Corina Knoll