Officials ID Calif. pilot killed in crash at Tahoe

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Updated: 7/23/2013 5:54 am

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Officials have identified the Palo Alto man who was killed and his wife who was injured in a small plane crash at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The Sacramento Bee reports the pilot, 66-year-old Steven Lefton died on impact when the single-engine Mooney M20 crashed in a wooded area Monday after taking off from the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

El Dorado County Sheriff's officials say his wife, 67-year-old Karen Lifton, is hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Lt. Pete Van Arnum says several witnesses saw the plane quickly lose altitude shortly after takeoff.

The plane crashed into several large pine trees and flipped over, landing upside down on U.S. forestland.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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