Men killed in SJ plane crash identified

April 20, 2009 12:56:47 PM PDT
The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office this morning released the identities of two men killed in an airplane crash over the weekend east of San Jose.

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The single-engine Champion Citabria, tail No. N5174X, departed from Watsonville around 9:30 a.m. and was reported missing by the occupants' family members and friends Saturday evening, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane was found on Mount Hamilton early Sunday morning by search crews with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Gregor said.

The medical examiner's office today identified the victims as David Hartley, 53, and John Bergsma III, 49, both of Wilton.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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