Three Killed When Small Plane Crashes

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Three passengers aboard a 1968 Beechcraft Bonanza were killed Saturday morning when the small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a private airstrip, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Witnesses reported that the plane began to spin and crashed into a hilly area near the runway. Investigators were examining the debris but had not determined a cause for the crash.

The medical examiner withheld the names of the man and two women until family members were notified.

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