A plane crash that occurred in California on Saturday has left all six passengers dead.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Office has provided the details about the crash in a press release that it published on July 8, 2023.
The press release states:
On July 8, 2023, at 4:15 AM, deputies responded to the area of Auld Road and Briggs Road in Murrieta reference a plane crash. Deputies located an aircraft fully engulfed in flames in a field. Six occupants from the plane were located and pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation will be assumed by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The press release goes on to state that "no additional details are available at this time."
It directs readers to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for more information about the investigation.
But, since the initial press release, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office has released an update in which it has identified the deceased individuals.
The victims are 46-year-old Ibrahem Razick, 51-year-old Alma Razick, 31-year-old LinseyGleiche, 32-year-old Manuel Vargas-Regalado, 25-year-old Riese Lenders, and 33-year-old Abigail Telelz-Vargas.
The Riverside County Fire Department, in a statement that it released on Twitter, described the extent of the flames that resulted from the crash of the aircraft, which apparently were enough to burn down an entire acre of vegetation.
The department wrote:
Aircraft Emergency:rpt@4:16 a.m. Auld Road X Briggs Road in French Valley. Cessna aircraft down in a field, fully involved in fire. The fire burned approximately one acre of vegetation, was contained at 5:35 a.m. and the incident has been turned over to RSO and the FAA. Please contact them with any questions.
Aircraft Emergency:rpt@4:16 a.m. Auld Road X Briggs Road in French Valley. Cessna aircraft down in a field, fully involved in fire. The fire burned approximately one acre of vegetation, was contained at 5:35 a.m. and the incident has been turned over to RSO and the FAA. Please… pic.twitter.com/szG5HLH4n7
— CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) July 8, 2023
At the time of this writing, there is no indication of what may have caused the plane to crash.
The NTSB provided this statement to the Washington Examiner:
Preliminary information indicates the airplane departed from Harry Reid International Airport [in Nevada] en route to French Valley Airport [in California]. The airplane crashed short of French Valley Airport during its second approach around 4:15 a.m. PDT,
The NTSB further told the Examiner that it expects to file its first report on the crash within 15 days.
But, NTSB says that the full investigation could take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to complete.