3 killed in Tehachapi plane crash identified

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the three people who died when their plane crashed in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County. 

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says those killed were 38-year-old Marina Villavicencio of Yorba Linda; 53-year-old Felipe Plascencia of Whittier and 74-year-old Ruben Piranian of Granada Hills.

The twin-engine Beechcraft was reported overdue Thursday on a flight from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles.

Kern County authorities spotted the wreck on Saturday and retrieved the bodies over the weekend.

Much of the wreckage was under about 5 feet of snow.

Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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