Six people were killed on Saturday after a small plane that was traveling from Las Vegas crashed near an airport in Murrieta, Calif., the authorities said.
Emergency responders found the aircraft engulfed in flames in a field outside French Valley Airport, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The six occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, the department said.
Heavy fog blanketed the area Saturday morning, causing poor visibility which may have caused the aircraft to miss the runway by several hundred yards.
The pilot reported to air traffic control that he would be performing a “missed approach” which generally happens when a pilot cannot clearly see a runway, NTSB explained at a press conference held on Saturday.
“Preliminary information indicates the airplane crashed short of French Valley Airport during its second approach around 4:15 a.m.,” NTSB said.
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