MURRIETA – Six people were killed when a Cessna business jet crashed this morning near the French Valley Airport, authorities said.
The crash was reported at 4:15 a.m. in the area of Auld and Briggs roads, the Riverside County Fire Department reported. Deputies found the aircraft fully engulfed in flames in a field. Six occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
The fire was contained at 5:35 a.m., according to Cal Fire Riverside.
The flight departed from Henry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, according to FAA spokesperson Mina Kaji.
It was the second fatal crash near French Valley Airport in less than a week. On July 4, a student pilot was killed and three other people were injured when a Cessna 172 crashed while departing the airport.
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