Three People Killed After Small Plane Crashes in Southern California

A small plane crashed into a hillside east of Los Angeles on Friday, killing all three people on board, authorities said.

The single-engine Cessna 172 went down at about 3:30 p.m. near Mentone, an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, authorities said.

The crash was reported in the Crafton Hills above a water treatment plant, the county Sheriff’s Department reported.

TV reports showed the broken but largely intact plane lying on scrubby ground just below a ridgeline.

There was no immediate word on the plane’s departure point or intended landing site.

The crash was under federal investigation.

MENtone is a small community about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

SOURCE: The Associated Press