The El DOrado County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office has positively identified the deceased victims of Saturday's plane crash in South Lake Tahoe.
Through dental charts the victims have been identified as: Harold Cardwell, 60 years old of Fresno California, Kin Cardwell, 41 years old of Fresno California, Francisco De La Mora, 43 years old of Fresno California, Lorena De La Mora, 39 years old of Fresno California, and Esmeralda De La Mora 6 years old also of Fresno California.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official says the plane was a Piper PA32. It left the Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) on Runway 36 and crashed for as-yet unknown reason. The plane was then destroyed by a fire which witnesses say started when the plane hit the ground.
An El Dorado County Sheriff's Department statement says witnesses heard what was described as "apparent engine problems." Witnesses then saw the plane "dip downward into the ground while attempting a turn." The statement also says the plane did not file a flight plan with TVL before departure.
It happened at 9:48pm near Winnemucca and Jean Avenues. The crash and fire also caught some wild land on fire, but that was quickly put out; only about an acre of land burned. The fire never threatened any buildings.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.