AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - The Placer County Sheriff's Office says a small plane crashed on a golf course shortly after taking off Friday from the Auburn airport, killing the two people and injuring another.
Officials identified the men killed as 80-year-old Anthony Lawrence Wright Sr., and his 55-year-old son, Anthony Wright Lawrence Jr. Both were from Meadow Vista in Placer County.
Officials say Wright Jr. was a reserve officer and a full-time records officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department.
Scott Parker, commander for the California Highway Patrol in Auburn, says officers responded after receiving reports of a pilot making a distress call shortly after takeoff.
Placer County Sheriff spokeswoman Angela Musallam says the single-engine Stinson Vultee V-77 crashed in the Black Oak Golf Course, about a mile north of the auburn airport.