Small plane crashes near Bakersfield killing five

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The single-engine Piper PA32 flew out of San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport and disappeared from radar around 4 p.m. (KFSN)

A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Bakersfield killing five.

The single-engine Piper PA32 flew out of San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport and disappeared from radar around 4 p.m. about 10 miles south of Bakersfield, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office say a debris field spanning nearly a quarter mile was found on Panama Lane and South Allen Road. Authorities discovered five bodies in the wreckage.

As the plane went down, it hit a power line knocking out power to nearby residents.

The identities of the victims are currently unknown. The plane, with a tail number of N36402, departed from San Jose, California, and was bound for Henderson, Nevada.

Officials from the FAA and National Transportation Board are conducting an investigation into how the crash occurred.
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