GROVELAND — A small plane crashed and burst into flames in the back yard of a home in rural Tuolumne County Friday night, killing the two people aboard but causing no injuries on the ground, authorities said.
The single-engine Piper Saratoga went down near Pine Mountain Lake Airport in Groveland about 7:20 p.m., a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
The aircraft, traveling from San Carlos Airport to Pine Mountain, was destroyed by the impact of the crash and resulting fire.
Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jeff Wilson said the two people on board the aircraft were killed. He did not have additional information about the victims.
Wilson said the plane crashed on approach to the runway.
It was raining when the first emergency units arrived, but Wilson did not know if it was raining at the time the plane crashed.
Officials said there were no injuries to anyone on the ground and that the home was not damaged.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said FAA investigators were expected to be at the scene Saturday. The National Transportation and Safety Board also plans to investigate.