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5 bodies found in California plane wreckage

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The scene where debris was found. Photo: NBC The scene where debris was found. Photo: NBC
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -

The latest on a small-plane crash that killed five people near Bakersfield, California (all times local):
    
11:10 a.m.
    
Authorities say they found five bodies among the wreckage of a plane that crashed in central California after sending a mayday call and disappearing from radar.
    
Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Mark King said Sunday that the bodies have not been identified yet.
    
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says searchers located the debris in an orchard southwest of Bakersfield on Saturday evening.
    
The single-engine Piper PA32 was heading from San Jose to Las Vegas and was last detected an estimated 10 miles south of Bakersfield.
    
Gregor says aviation investigators are at the crash site.

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Authorities have found aircraft debris scattered in a Bakersfield orchard hours after a small plane sent a mayday call and disappeared from radar.
    
Kern County Sheriff's Cmdr. Shaun Beasley said a search and rescue crew located the debris in the orchard around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, about three hours after receiving an alert from the FAA about the missing plane.
    
Beasley said he couldn't confirm if the debris was that of the missing plane, noting that the plane's tail number has not been found.
    
He said searchers have not found any survivor.
    
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a single-engine Piper PA32 went off radar around 4 p.m. Saturday while flying from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas.
    
Beasley said crews will search through the night.

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