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4 Bodies Found in Wreckage of Plane

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Reports</i>

The bodies of four people were found Tuesday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in the foggy San Bernardino Mountains during a weekend flight from Las Vegas.

The three men and one woman were not immediately identified.

They probably died on impact, said Chip Patterson, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s helicopter crew saw the plane about 6:50 a.m. during a break in the cloud cover. Ground crews reached the wreck about 8 a.m. on a brushy slope at the 5,200-foot level, Patterson said.

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The single-engine Piper Cherokee TA-28 was returning from Las Vegas to Brackett Field in La Verne when radar contact was lost, Federal Aviation Administration duty officer Bruce Nelson said.

Mark Weber, general manager of Air Desert Pacific Professional Flight Training, said the plane was rented from his office and those aboard were from Los Angeles.


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