2 Dead in Santa Paula Airplane Crash

Editor's note: This story was updated with more details on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at 7:25 a.m.

Two men died Saturday when a small airplane crashed in Santa Paula.

The crash was reported around 2:11 p.m. when the aircraft went down near south Mountain Road and 12th Street, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Both occupants inside the plane died.

Officials initially said the plane crashed into a building, but the Ventura County Fire Department later said it had crashed into a storage container.

"The plane came down on a ranch property, narrowly missing several homes in the area," Ventura County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Eric Buschow said. "The plane clipped a storage container and a wall, before breaking apart among some trees, igniting a small fire."

The airplane was a single-engine, home-built Vans RV6A, Gregor said. It was unknown what caused the crash.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The two men killed in the crash remain unidentified pending notification of next of kin.

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