March 2, 2015
Federal aviation officials are investigating a small plane crash that killed a family of six near a remote airport in Kern County.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the family had flown from Santa Monica Airport to Kern Valley Airport, where the plane crashed upon approach around 5:45 yesterday afternoon.
The family was traveling for a camping trip.
Kern County officials say four adults and two children were on board the plane. Their names haven't been released.
Fire officials say the Lancair Columbia was consumed in a grassfire sparked by the crash, but the one-acre blaze was quickly contained.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
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