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Officials: 4 killed in Southern California small plane crash

Posted at 9:10 AM, Feb 12, 2018

UPDATE FEB. 12: The four people killed in the crash have been identified as 65-year-old Tom Hastings, 27-year-old Amber Hill, 25-year-old Jacob Hill and 9-year-old Madison Hastings-Saxelby.

Tom Hastings was flying a small, home-built plane from Henderson to Van Nuys, a flight that the Hastings family had made dozens of times in the plane.

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say four people have been killed after a small plane crashed near a mountain town in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the private plane went down late Sunday morning in a remote area near Agua Dulce.

The department confirms four fatalities and says the coroner and Federal Aviation Administration officials are responding.

Agua Dulce is in the Sierra Pelona Mountains about 40 miles (73 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the aircraft was manufactured by Cirrus but he did not immediately have additional details about the crash. He says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.