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Coroner Identifies Plane Crash Victims

The coroner’s office released the names Sunday of two North County men who were killed when their single-engine aircraft crashed in the rural Elfin Forest area near Carlsbad.

Jesse Jasper, a 53-year-old flight instructor from Oceanside, and Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael J. Smith, a 45-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine, left Palomar Airport Friday night, according to Everett Mauger, a medical examiner investigator.

When they didn’t return as planned, friends reported their absence.


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