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AUBURN - Two people were dead after a small plane crashed near Auburn airport Saturday just after 9 p.m.

An FAA spokesman said the Cessna 170 crashed in a heavily wooded area about one mile southeast of the airport.

Allen Kenitzer with the FAAsaid the plane went down under "unknown circumstances".

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol in Auburn was called in to help.

A CHP helicopter and sheriff deputies on the ground located the wreckage of the plane just before 2a.m. with the help of infrared cameras.

"We arrived 10 minutes later, searched for an hour and located the plane crashed in the trees," said Kevin Livingston with the CHP Valley Division Air Operations Unit.

The two people in the plane, a husband and wife identified on Monday as Bruce Aldridge Rhymes, 59, and Kathy Lorraine Rhymes, 58, husband and wife from Susanville, were found dead.

According to the Auburn Journal, the plane had taken off from Middletown, Calif., and was headed to Auburn airport when it crashed.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

Twitter:@suzannephan

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