Plane that crashed in Madera County killing two was being used for training: NTSB

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The plane that crashed in Madera County on Thursday killing two people was an instructional flight, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

Flight instructor Joe Kulbeth and student Saverio Chimienti, Jr. were doing traffic pattern work – stop-and-go.

It’s a common practice in the airplane community, said Peter Knudson of the NTSB.

The two were doing the course 30 to 40 minutes before the crash. 

The plane was out of Sierra Sky Park. It will be recovered Saturday and will be taken to Sacramento. 

An update briefing is expected Saturday.

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