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Two in Hawthorne plane crash identified

July 16, 2009 | 10:11 am

Two of three people killed in a plane crash in Hawthorne have been identified, L.A. County Coroner's officials said today.

Mustapha Sesay, 38, of Ladera Ranch and Rajesh Vashdev, 40, of Manhattan Beach were killed Wednesday when their Beechcraft 36 Bonanza crashed into a parking lot shortly after taking off from Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

The plane clipped a building and a car but no one outside the plane was injured, aviation officials said.

The name of the third person in the plane was being withheld until his family was notified. The plane was registered to Carpet Pros, a Lawndale flooring business. The owner was not immediately available for comment, but an employee said the people inside the plane were affiliated with the company.

One was a local builder and the other an employee, the employee said. She was unsure of the third person. Sesay is a licensed pilot, though aviation officials have not yet identified who was piloting the plane. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said it was his understanding that a flight instructor was at the controls of the plane.

-- Raja Abdulrahim