Crash that killed two under investigation

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Investigations are ongoing in a plane crash near Emigrant Gap that killed two people. A hiker found the plane Friday, and by 2 p.m. a California Highway Patrol aircraft confirmed the crash, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred in a rugged, mountainous area near Emigrant Gap, off of U.S. Forest Service Road 19, a ½-mile north of the east fork of the American River. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Ian McGregor of the FAA said the plane originally departed from Watsonville, a city in Santa Cruz County, and landed in Auburn. The plane had departed from Auburn before it crashed. It's destination is unknown. The plane is registered to Monterey Bay Aviation Inc. in Watsonville, a flight training and plane rental company. Bob Ross of Monterey Bay Aviation told TV station that he knew who rented the plane and was shocked to hear of the crash, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. According to the FAA's website, the plane was last certified in 2003. It was first registered in 1977. Don French, manager of the Watsonville Municipal Airport, confirmed that the plane left from Watsonville but did not know who was aboard the plane, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash. The Placer County morgue will conduct autopsies on the deceased, and their names will be released when identities are confirmed and next of kin have been notified. ~Staff report