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Pilot, student rescued from plane wreckage in Joshua Tree National Park

January 19, 2010 |  8:20 am

Two people inside a plane that crashed in Joshua Tree National Park appear to have been trapped in the wreckage for much of the day before being rescued, authorities say.

Riverside County Fire Department officials found the pair Monday night, and the Federal Aviation Administration was investigating how the crash occurred.

Authorities told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that a flight instructor and a student took off from Palm Springs Airport on Monday morning, and the plane appeared to vanish in the bad weather.

The crashed plane and its occupants were found around 10:30 p.m. Monday, and it took rescuers nearly an hour to reach the remote location, officials said.

The flight instructor and student were airlifted to a local hospital, but their exact condition was not immediately known.

-- Shelby Grad

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