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4 FOUND DEAD IN WRECKAGE OF PRIVATE PLANE

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Four Southern Californians were found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a private plane near the Nevada-California border. The plane had departed Saturday from the Bullhead City, Ariz., Airport.

An aircraft from the Clark County Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol spotted scattered debris of the downed Piper Warrior at 9 a.m.The four-seat prop plane was found near an isolated California dry lake located a few miles from Ivanpah, south of Nipton, about 10 miles from the Nevada border.

The crash site, 50 miles northwest of Bullhead City, is north of the most direct flight path to Rialto, Calif., the plane's destination.

A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department aviation unit said the cause of the crash is unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Agency will investigate, he said.

Four San Bernardino County residents - two from Rancho Cucamonga and two from Hesperia - were killed in the crash, according to a member of a search and rescue unit from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that coordinated the search.

Officials withheld the crash victims' names pending notification of next of kin.