Plane crash kills 4 in South Tahoe |

Plane crash kills 4 in South Tahoe

Federal investigators arrived Saturday at South Lake Tahoe, where four people died Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed into a back yard just south of the community’s airport.

The names of the victims are not expected to be released until midweek, pending a coroners investigation and comparison of dental records, Eldorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Crawford said.

The plane was engulfed in flames when emergency workers arrived at the crash scene. The bodies of four adults, apparently two men and two women, were recovered.

The parents of a Tahoe-area man were contacted at their Fargo, N.D., home by El Dorado County authorities, told their son may have been in a fatal accident and asked to provide dental records.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigators will spend a few days at the crash site examining the parts of the aircraft and gathering other information for a preliminary report that would be issued in about six weeks, NTSB spokeswoman Lauren Peduzzi said Saturday.

She said the second phase, preparation of a comprehensive factual report, would be completed in about six months when that report is issued. A determination of probable cause will be part of the final NTSB report on the crash, which is at least nine months away, she said.

The crash occurred shortly after a small plane had taken off from the South Lake Tahoe airport, according to information from the airport’s tower. The plane in the crash may have been the same aircraft, Crawford said.

The airplane crashed into a 100-foot by 75-foot back yard of a home in the Tahoe Pines residential area east of the airport.

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