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Officials ID California Pilot Killed in Crash at Tahoe

9:37 AM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Officials have identified the Palo Alto man who was killed and his wife who was injured in a small plane crash at South Lake Tahoe, California.

El Dorado County Sheriff's officials say the pilot, 66-year-old Steven Lefton, died on impact when the Mooney M20 crashed Monday after taking off from the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

His wife, 67-year-old Karen Lefton, is hospitalized with moderate injuries. She was pinned in the wreckage.

Lt. Pete Van Arnum says several witnesses saw the single-engine plane quickly lose altitude and bank sharply after takeoff.

The plane crashed into several large pine trees and flipped over, landing upside down on U.S. forestland.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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