Corona, CA: Corona Plane Crash Sparks Fire

A plane crash Saturday morning caused a 1-acre fire in the Cleveland National Forest.

Corona Fire Department dispatchers received a report of the crash about 10:25 a.m. The crash sparked a fire that is now contained.

Authorities do not yet know the type of aircraft or how many victims were on board when it crashed. Corona Deputy Fire Chief John Medina said he does not expect that anyone survived the crash.

Residents living near where the plane crashed said they heard the plane have engine trouble. They also said they heard the plane explode after it crashed.

"The plane looked like an ultralight -- pretty much leveled," said Russ Hoch, 52, who ran up to the crash after seeing the smoke. "The dashboard and two wings, no fuselage, perse. the tail and wings were separated from the rest of it.

Hoch said he thought the aircraft was only built for one passenger, but he could not see that passenger near the wreckage.

"I could even see a body or anything like that," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor has not yet responded to an email seeking comment.

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