Family ID'd in fatal airplane crash

Posted at 3:26 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 18:43:35-05

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of a small plane crash near Bakersfield that took the lives of five people from Gilroy.

Jason, Olga, John, Mary and Olivia Price, were on the plane that crashed, according to KGO.

KCSO officials said that debris from aircraft #N36402 was found on Panama Lane and Buena Vista Rd. on Saturday.

An official with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to 23ABC News that a single-engine plane disappeared off the radar about 10 miles south of Bakersfield Saturday afternoon. 

Senior Deputy John Carpenter with the Kern County Sheriff's Department said that at about 4:25 p.m., Kern County law enforcement received a call from LA Traffic Control that a mayday call from a single engine plane was broadcasted.

Crews from KCSO, Bakersfield Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Kern County Fire Department all joined in the search and by 7:24 p.m., debris was found spread out across the area.

Carpenter said that they aren't sure how many were onboard the aircraft when it crashed and he's not sure if weather was a factor.

At about 8:15 p.m., officials have shut down Panama Lane west of Buena Vista Rd. due to the investigation of a possible missing plane. 

Officials said the missing plane was a Piper PA32 model. 

The FAA official added that the plane was flying from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and was headed to the Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada.


The FAA issued an alert notice, which is the first step in initiating the search-and-rescue process.

This story comes almost two weeks after a medical helicopter crash happened near McFarland and killed 4 people.