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Lake Tahoe Plane Crash: Several Killed Aboard Aircraft

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This photo provided by the City of South Lake Tahoe shows authorities at the scene of a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 from Lake Tahoe Airport. A small, single-engine plane crashed on Lake Tahoe's south shore, and authorities say several people were killed. (AP Photo/City of South Lake Tahoe)
This photo provided by the City of South Lake Tahoe shows authorities at the scene of a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 from Lake Tahoe Airport. A small, single-engine plane crashed on Lake Tahoe's south shore, and authorities say several people were killed. (AP Photo/City of South Lake Tahoe)

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Authorities say a single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the South Lake Tahoe airport, and several people were killed.

A dispatcher for the plane owner's company in Fresno, Calif., says five people were aboard.

El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Pete Van Arnum says the plane burst into flames upon impact late Saturday night, and started a one-acre fire that took more than 90 minutes to put out.

He says much of the wreckage was destroyed by the fire, making identification of the plane and victims difficult.

Witnesses say the plane had apparent engine problems and dipped downward while attempting a turn.

The aircraft is registered to Francisco J. Delamora.

The dispatcher, Jose Lopez, says Delamora was flying to Lake Tahoe with his wife, Lorena, a 7-year-old daughter and two friends.

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