Coroner: no IDs yet on Fresno plane crash victims

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Updated: 12/27/2013 4:43 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Fresno County coroner has not identified two victims of a small aircraft that crashed near a downtown Fresno airport, saying the bodies were badly burned.

The Fresno Bee reports that Fresno County Coroner David Hadden on Friday said there were no dental records or DNA available to help them more quickly identify the bodies, which included a 9-year-old child.

Federal records showed the Cessna 172 plane was owned by George Novinger of Tehachapi, who was not on board.

Mano Lujan, general manager of a restaurant that Novinger owns, told the Bee that Novinger lent the plane to a friend.

The aircraft crashed Thursday about 800 feet west of Fresno's Chandler Airport.

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