5 dead in plane crash at Long Beach airport in CA

The wreckage of a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air is seen where it crashed and burned on takeoff from Long Beach, Calif., Airport, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

March 16, 2011 5:11:49 PM PDT
Two prominent Long Beach, Calif., real estate developers and a bicycle advocate are among five people killed in the fiery crash of a twin-engine plane at the city's airport.

Mike Murchison, who's a local business consultant and spokesman for developer Tom Dean, says Dean, developer Jeff Berger and bicycle advocate Mark Bixby were killed in the crash. The identities of the other two people who died weren't immediately available.

Murchison says another passenger, Mike Jensen, is hospitalized in critical condition.

The Long Beach Airport director says the Beechcraft King Air turboprop had taken off but was circling back when it crashed and burst into flames at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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