News Plane Crashes — 08 May 2017

Two people were killed when a small plane crashed Monday morning along the shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The single-engine Icon A5 went down sometime before 9:30 a.m. near Pleasure Point on the south end of the lake near Wragg Canyon, an FAA spokesperson told KCRA 3.

There were only two people onboard the plane, and both were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

Napa County sheriff’s officers set up a command post nearby and were trying to reach the remote scene of the crash.

“The crash site is inaccessible from land roadways so our deputies are using boats to get to the crash scene and deal with it,” Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Blower told KCRA’s Hearst content-sharing partner the SFGate.

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Two people are dead after a small plane crashed in a Napa County lake.

The scene was so remote, crews could only access it by boat. The plane crashed just after 9 a.m. Monday near Lake Berryessa.

The NTSB and FAA as well as the Napa County sheriffs have been investigating. The plane that crashed was a special amphibious plane that’s made nearby in Vacaville.

The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Jon Murray Karkow, the pilot in command of the aircraft, and 41-year-old Cagri Sever, who was a passenger. Both are employees of ICON Aircraft.

The single-engine ICON A5 crashed under circumstances officials have not determined yet. Officials believe the aircraft was only airborne for about 20 minutes before it crashed.

Lake Berryessa is used as an ICON training ground for planes that can take off and land both on water and land. A sheriff’s department describes the moment when they got the call Monday morning and discovered there were two people inside. “We got the call that there was a plane crash, we sent everybody of course. CHP actually sent their helicopter off and I believe they lowered someone into the scene and then he checked them both out, declared them both dead at the scene,” he said.

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