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The victims in yesterday’s plane crash in Auburn have been identified as pilot Bruce Albright Rhymes, 6-8-53, and Kathy Lorraine Rhymes, 2-3-55, husband and wife from Susanville.

Earlier Release: 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.