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2 dead in plane crash near Petaluma airport

2 dead in plane crash near Petaluma airport
Authorities were investigating a plane crash in Petaluma that left two people dead. (Rancho Adobe Firefighters)

Two people in a single-engine plane died Sunday afternoon when the aircraft crashed into the roadway near Petaluma Municipal Airport, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 4:05 p.m. on East Washington Street, a busy four-lane road that runs past the airport and the Rooster Run Golf Club, said Battalion Chief Mike Weihman with the Rancho Adobe Fire District. No other injuries were reported.

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"It's actually pretty fortunate that no one was impacted by the plane," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what caused the Van's RV-6 plane to crash 1,000 yards east of the airport, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the agency.

Authorities shut down the roadway for the investigation and warned drivers to avoid the area. The deceased individuals were not identified.

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