(UPDATE) 1:05 p.m.- The National Transportation Safety Board has released more details on the plane which crashed in the canyon near Neal Road south of Chico/Paradise yesterday morning. The plane has been identified as a 1966 Champion 7GCAA, a single engine, fixed-wing aircraft that seats two. The N-number revealed the plane was registered to Fredrick Lewis, an agricultural pilot based out of Vacaville. The Butte County Coroner’s Office has yet to release the names of the two individuals killed in yesterday’s crash.
Action News Now has learned that the two people killed yesterday in a plane crash just south of Chico were doing aerial surveillance for PG&E. PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno tells Action News Now, the pilot and passenger onboard the small aircraft were contracted by PG&E and were employees of AA Aerial Services and Frontline Energy Services. They were patrolling from the air a natural gas transmission pipeline in the area at the time of the crash, which happened around 11:30 Tuesday morning. The small, single engine plane crashed into the canyon just south of Neal Road which then started a 21 acre vegetation fire. The names of the two people killed have still not been released as the FAA and NTSB continue to investigate what caused the crash.