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August 27, 2012
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Five dead in South Lake small plane crash

Five people reportedly died after the plane they were in crashed after takeoff and burst into flames Saturday night.

According to a press release from the city of South Lake Tahoe, the plane took off from Lake Tahoe Airport and crashed shortly afterward in a meadow off Winnemucca Avenue near Barton Hospital.

According to El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Pete Van Arnum, witnesses heard an engine having trouble, then saw the plane turn, dip and crash into brush near the edge of the meadow. It burst into flames upon impact, creating a fire that spread to about an acre.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 27, 2012 05:44PM Published Aug 27, 2012 05:41PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.