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.