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UPDATE: Two dead in Butte County plane crash working for PG&E

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:01:55 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 14 2013 03:24:13 PM CDT
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PARADISE, Calif. -

PG&E has confirmed that the two people killed in a plane crash in Butte County Tuesday morning were doing contract work for the company.

PG&E spokesperson Jana Morris says the pilot works for AA Aerial Services and the passenger is with Frontline Energy Services.

The plane was a Champion 7GCAA with the tail number N9607S.

They were in the air doing a routine check on gas transmission lines in the area of Neal Road when the plane went down.

The names of the people killed were not immediately released.

Morris says their thoughts and prayers are with the companies and families involved.

The crash sparked a fire that burned 21 acres along Neal Road, south of Chico.

The crash was reported at 11:35 a.m. along Neal Road between the landfill and Paradise.  The crash site is five miles south/southwest of Paradise.  The smoke could be seen south of Chico along Highway 99.