Authorities say a small plane that crashed into a hillside near a small Southern California airport has killed three people.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire says the plane went down about 12:40 p.m. Sunday in a rugged area just off of Interstate 40, about 12 miles from Barstow.

She says three people have been confirmed dead. Their identities were not immediately available.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane is believed to be a Cessna 210 that was heading from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada.

Wiltshire says the plane burst into flames when it crashed in a rugged area near the Barstow airport that isn’t immediately accessible to vehicles.

Barstow is about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



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