On Saturday morning, a jet crashed into a field in Southern California before catching fire, killing six people.
When deputies arrived, the plane and nearly an acre of foliage were on fire. Between Los Angeles and San Diego, in the southwest Riverside County city of Murrieta, a jet crashed not far from an airport.
Prior to crashing into a field, the plane had taken off from Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, according to KTLA. The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that the aircraft was a Cessna C550 business jet.
The Riverside County Fire Department reports that shortly after authorities discovered the flaming plane after 4:15 a.m., the six passengers were all declared dead at the spot. The names of those who perished in the collision have not been made public.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the collision.
The collision on Saturday morning was the second tragic collision in Riverside County close to the French Valley Airport. On Tuesday, a plane near the airport collided with the side of a building, resulting in one man’s death and three other people being hurt.