Father, son killed in Northern California small plane crash

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.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 1:01 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 3:18 PM

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.

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