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(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Federal investigators are trying to figure out what led to a plane crash in Ventura County which killed two people.

A light plane crashed near Santa Paula Airport just after 2 p.m. Saturday on a ranch on the 17000 block of South Mountain Road.

A Ventura County highway ended up doubling as a runway, as a small plane with engine trouble had to make an emergency landing.

A single engine plane heading from Santa Paula Airport to the San Fernando Valley experienced problems at around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The pilot, who is an experienced flight instructor, was able to scout around for the safest spot to try an emergency landing. He was able to safely set down the plane on Highway 126 near Piru. T

(Santa Paula Fire Department photo)

It was a scary experience, but two people escaped from a plane crash on the South Coast without serious injury.

A small plane crashed near Santa Paula Airport just after 11 a.m. Friday.  The single engine plane ended up upside down in the Santa Paula riverbed near the airport.

There’s no word yet on what led to the crash.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

A light plane pilot in Santa Barbara County has quite a story to tell, after his aircraft lost power during takeoff, and he had to make an emergency landing.

The single engine plane took off from Santa Ynez Airport just before 11 a.m. Thursday when it had engine problems. The pilot didn’t have enough altitude to turn around and return to the airport. He made an emergency landing in a field off the end of the runway, crashing through a fence before coming to a stop.

The pilot was unhurt, and the plane suffered minor damage.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Two people had a brush with death when the light plane they were in crashed after takeoff in Ventura County.

The plane had just lifted off from Santa Paula Airport at around 2 p.m. Sunday when it apparently had engine problems. The plane crash landed in the Santa Clara River bottom, flipping over on impact.

The vintage biplane suffered heavy damage, but the two people on board were able to get out of the aircraft by themselves. No serious injuries were reported.

(Ventura County Air Unit photo)

One man is dead, and a second was seriously injured following an ultralight plane crash in the ocean off the South Coast.

The plane went down at around 4:30 Saturday afternoon near Mugu Rock, in Ventura County.  Eyewitnesses told Ventura County firefighters that the craft appeared to have engine trouble before the plane plunged into the ocean.

Both men were able to swim away from the plane, but one had trouble swimming, and became unconscious. He later died. Their names have not been released yet. Federal investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

A just released preliminary report on the investigation into a fatal plane crash on the South Coast confirms eyewitness accounts that the aircraft broke apart in flight.

The light plane which has just left Santa Paula Airport June 1st went down near Solimar Beach, about seven miles northwest of Ventura. Pilot Michael Brannigan of Lake Sherwood died in the accident.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

Authorities identified the two people who died in a weekend plane crash in Ventura County.

James Harlan and his 15 year old son, Dylan were killed when the light plane they were in crashed in the eastern end of the Santa Rosa Valley Sunday afternoon.

The plane plummeted into a horse corral on the 2700 block of Marvella Court. The two Calabasas residents were pronounced dead at the scene.

National Transportation Safety Board and FAA investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

A Ventura County man is being identified as the victim of a plane crash outside of Ventura.

Michael Brannigan died just before noon Thursday,  when the single engine plane he was flying crashed between Ventura and Santa Barbara, on the north side of Highway 101 near Solimar Beach.

One person is dead following a plane crash on the South Coast which left beachgoers who witnessed it stunned.

A light plane went down just before noon Thursday between Ventura and Santa Barbara, near Solimar Beach. Eyewitnesses say they saw parts of a plane falling from the sky.

One person has been confirmed dead in a plane crash on the South Coast.

A light plane went down just before noon Thursday between Ventura and Santa Barbara, near Emma Wood State Beach. An eyewitness who called 911 told authorities that he saw what appeared to be parts of a plane falling from the sky.

(San Luis Obispo Sheriff's office photo)

Federal investigators are trying to determine what led to a fatal plane crash on the Central Coast involving a replica of a World War I biplane.

The single engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a private airstrip just outside of Paso Robles Sunday morning, ending up in a field just off the 8300 block of Highway 46.

The pilot, Javier Fernando Arango, was pronounced dead at the scene. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are conducting the investigation into the accident.

(Photo courtesy Lynn County Sheriff's Office)

A preliminary federal report on an April 7th plane crash in Oregon which left four people dead, including three members of a Ventura County family cites poor visibility and turbulent conditions as possible factors in the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board released some of its initial findings into the crash in Harrisburg, Oregon which is near Eugene. The accident killed John Zitting, his wife Karen, and their son Brendan, as well as the plane’s pilot, Mark Aletky.

Federal investigators are trying to determine what led to an Oregon plane crash which killed four people, including a Ventura County family and the plane’s pilot.

The aircraft was carrying John Zitting, his wife Karen, and their son Brendan when it crashed in a field northwest of Eugene, Oregon on Friday. The family was going to visit the University of Oregon, which the 17 year old Westlake High senior was considering attending. Also killed in the crash was the plane’s pilot, Mark Aletky of Acton.

(Photo Courtesy Lynn County Sheriff's Department)

A trip to Oregon has ended in tragedy for a Ventura County family has ended in tragedy, after a charter plane crash killed all three members of the family, as well as the plane’s pilot.

John A. Zitting, Karen Blackmore Zitting and their son John Brendan Zitting were headed to Eugene to visit the University of Oregon.

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