Kern County plane crash victims were from Orange and Los Angeles counties

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TEHACHAPI — Authorities have identified three people who died when their plane crashed in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said those killed were 38-year-old Marina Villavicencio of Yorba Linda; 53-year-old Felipe Plascencia of Whittier and 74-year-old Ruben Piranian of Granada Hills.

The twin-engine Beechcraft was reported overdue Thursday on a flight from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles.

Kern County authorities spotted the wreck on Saturday and retrieved the bodies over the weekend.

Much of the wreckage was under about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snow.

Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.