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Pilot and passenger killed in plane crash near Paso Robles

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Officials: Witnesses saw small plane veer right, spiral and then crash near Paso Robles

A small plane smashed into a field near Paso Robles Saturday killing the pilot and his passenger.

Soon after the Piper Cub single-engine plane took off around 10 a.m., witnesses watched it veer to the right, spiral and then barrel into the ground, said Tony Cipolla of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff’s department identified the two men as Robert Berg, 82, and John Warren, 66, both of Paso Robles.

A 1939 Piper J3C-65 is registered to Robert and Donna Berg, according to FAA records.

The crash, which occured on a private airstrip in the unincorporated community of Templeton, is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, Cipolla said.

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