SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - National Transportation Safety Board and FAA Investigators are going through wreckage left from a single engine piper that crashed shortly after takeoff from the South Lake Tahoe airport Saturday night.

A dispatcher for the plane owner's company in Fresno, says five people were onboard.

The plane burst into flames when it crashed Saturday night. The fiery crash started a one-acre fire that took more than 90 minutes to extinguish, according to El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Pete Van Arnum.

Witnesses say the plane had apparent engine problems and dipped downward while attempting a turn.

The aircraft is registered to Francisco J. Delamora. The dispatcher, Jose Lopez , says Delamora was flying to Lake Tahoe with his wife, Lorena, a 7-year old daughter, and two friends.

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