‘Homebuilt’ Aircraft Crashes, Bursts Into Flames Near Ventura; 2 Dead

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An experimental plane crashed in an orchard in Ventura County, killing two people on May 28, 2016. (Credit: Ventura County Air Unit)

Two people were killed when a “homebuilt” experimental aircraft crashed in an orchard north of Ventura Saturday afternoon and burst into flames, authorities said.

The fatal crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of Aliso Canyon Road, according to a Ventura County Fire Department dispatcher. The location is in an unincorporated area of the county between Santa Paula and the city of Ventura.

Fire crews arrived at the scene and found the aircraft fully engulfed in flames, the dispatcher said.

Two people were on board when the aircraft went down; both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ian McGregor, public affairs manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division.

Their names, ages and genders have not been released.

McGregor described the aircraft was a single-engine, homebuilt VariEze.

Fire officials have requested the California Highway Patrol close Aliso Canyon Road at Foothill Road, Lindbery said in a separate tweet.

A county air squad unit has responded to the scene.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

KTLA’s Stephen Acosta contributed to this story.