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All three victims identified from Tehachapi plane crash

Posted at 5:14 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 20:53:42-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Coroner's Office has identified all three in a plane crash in Tehachapi on Thursday, Feb. 21. The private plane was headed to Pacoima, California from San Luis Obispo, but never reached its destination. The plane crashed into the Tehachapi Mountains.

74-year-old Ruben Piranian, 38-year-old Marina Villavicencio, and 54-year-old Felipe Iniguez Plascencia are the three individuals who died in the crash, according to the Coroner's Office.

Kern County Sheriff's Office along with the Mono County Sheriff's Office and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office spent the weekend searching and retrieving the bodies. Law enforcement ran into trouble during the search due to equipment failure.

Officials say that the pilot's son informed law enforcement when his father's plane did not reach its destination. Authorities have not yet said what led to the crash.