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Auburn, Calif.- The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Cal EMA (California Office of Emergency Services) to assist in a search for a possible downed aircraft near the Auburn Airport.

Commercial airliners confirmed a distress signal from an aircraft’s emergency locating transmitter.  Cal EMA also provided specific GPS information for CHP’s fixed wing and Placer County Sheriff’s helicopter.  The accident site was located by the joint efforts of CHP’s fixed wing and a Sheriff’s deputy on the ground equipped with a handheld radio programmed with the distress signal information.

The airplane wreckage is a single engine airplane and two occupants have been confirmed deceased.

No other information regarding the airplane or its occupants will be released at this time pending further investigation by the NTSB.

An investigator from the NTSB is scheduled to arrive in Sacramento around 0800 hours from Seattle, WA. No additional information is likely to be released before noon in order to give the various agencies involved time to investigate.