Lincoln airplane crash claims two lives

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LINCOLN -- Two people died in a plane crash in Lincoln Monday night. According to Jill Thompson, public information officer for the city of Lincoln, two occupants on board an Ultralight airplane were pronounced dead at the scene after the aircraft they were in crashed at about 8:15 p.m. on Lincoln Regional Airport property, located off Highway 65 and on Nicolaus Road. Federal officials said the aircraft was a single-engine Rans Coyotte, according to an Associated Press report. “The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is on scene now and they will be doing an investigation of what happened,” Thompson said late Monday night. Thompson said the cause has yet to be determined. She added that the accident occurred on airport property but not on the runway. Thompson said the Placer County Coroner’s Office will handle identification of the two people involved and notification of their next of kin. According to the California Highway Patrol’s website, a reporting party said they saw a small plane crash at about 8:15 p.m. about a half-mile to the right of Highway 65 headed toward Lincoln. ~ Jenifer Gee