Federal investigators Monday were at the scene of a small plane crash in the Agua Dulce area about 40 miles north of Los Angeles that left four family members dead.
The crash occurred Sunday morning near the 30500 block of Briggs Road, about four miles from Agua Dulce Air Park, a mile southeast of the Agua Dulce Road interchange on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.
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Palmdale sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash site and discovered the wreckage of a small plane with four dead inside.
A cousin identified the victims to reporters at the scene as Thomas Hastings, 65, who piloted the plane; his daughter Amber Hill, 27; her husband, Jacob Hill, 25; and Hastings’ granddaughter Madison Hastings Saxelby, 9.
The crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane was described as a Cirrus VK-30. Jake Hastings, 30, told KCAL that his father built the plane in the family’s Winnetka garage, and the family was on it “pretty much every day. An hour or so, here, there.”
–City News Service
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