First responders at the crash site in Sylmar
First responders at the crash site in Sylmar. Courtesy Onscene.TV

The National Transportation Safety Board investigated Saturday the cause of a single-propeller airplane crash in Sylmar that claimed the lives of two people.

The crash near the Golden State (5) Freeway was reported at 2:52 p.m. Friday, said county fire department spokesman Marvin Lin.

“It’s actually in the hills above the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, near the intersection of Sunshine Canyon and San Fernando Road,” said county fire department spokesman Sean Ferguson.

There’s no word yet on the genders or ages of the victims. Their names will be withheld pending notification of relatives.

Some media reports said the plane was inbound to Van Nuys Airport from Oregon.

The search for the wreckage was hampered by difficult terrain and poor visibility. Crews did not reach the crash site until after 5 p.m., officials said.

Los Angeles city firefighters and sheriff’s deputies from the Santa Clarita station also aided in the search.

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