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Two die in crash of experimental plane in Santa Clarita [Updated]

July 18, 2009 |  2:58 pm

Two people died about 12:10 this afternoon when the experimental, single-engine plane in which they were flying crashed in the 27000 block of Triumph Avenue in Santa Clarita, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. The cause of the crash was not known.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Lancair aircraft was registered to an Encino resident. He said he could not release the tail number because the victims' relatives had not been notified.

He added that he did not know where the flight originated or where the plane had been headed. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

[Updated at 5:38 p.m.] According to FAA records, the plane was registered to Ron I. Weiss, 43, of Lake Encino Drive in Encino.

-- Martha Groves