Father, son die in California small plane crash

Father, son die in California small plane crash

June 5 (UPI) -- A father and son died in the crash of a small plane near Thousand Oaks, Calif., fire officials said.

The crash of the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee on Sunday afternoon killed the two people aboard. Although they were not identified, a Ventura County Sheriff's office said they were a father, 57, and a son, 15, from nearby Calabasas.

Most of the aircraft came to rest in an outdoor horse arena, with debris found 100 feet away. A power line was also severed.

Steve Swindle, a spokesman for the county fire department, said the plane caught on fire as it struck the ground, but the fire was extinguished by area residents. No one on the ground was injured.

Officials of the Federal Aviation administration and the national Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, the second in the country in four days. On Thursday, a single-engine Cessna 180 crashed near Solimar Hills, killing the pilot.