Two people in a single engine airplane died early today when their aircraft crashed near Auburn Airport, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Department.
At 12:30 a.m. today, the sheriff's office received a call from the California Office of Emergency Services to help search for a downed aircraft.
Commercial airliners had confirmed a distress signal from the plane's emergency locating transmitter, the sheriff's office reported.
By providing specific GPS information, the California Highway Patrol's fixed wing aircraft and the Placer County Sheriff's helicopter and a deputy on the ground with a handheld radio were able to process the information to locate the downed plane.
Two occupants were found killed in the crash, the department reported.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was arriving from Seattle, WA. today.