VACAVILLE — The single-engine aircraft that crashed late Tuesday morning near Paradise while surveying a Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. natural gas pipeline was registered out of the Nut Tree Airport to Fred Lewis, a co-owner of AA Aerial Surveillance, according to Federal Aviation Administration.
The aircraft’s pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash that also set off a vegetation fire that burned 21 acres before it was brought under control, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection out of Butte County.
The Butte County Coroner’s Office recovered the bodies from the crash site, about six miles southwest of Paradise, but they have not yet been identified, according to Butte County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Miranda McAfee-Bowersox. The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
One witness said that the aircraft was circling before it spiraled straight down, according to a news report in the Chico Enterprise Record.
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