The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Coronor's Division has confirmed the identities (through dental records) of the two people killed in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon near Byron. They are David Behne, 57, and Larry Strobel, 56, both of Brentwood.
Officials continue their investigation into the cause of a plane crash that killed two people Tuesday afternoon in a field off Marsh Creek Road near Byron.
Contra Costa County Sheriff spokesman Jimmy Lee said police were notified about 2 p.m. that a plane had gone down in the Byron area near Marsh Creek Road and Byron Highway.
Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed that a small plane had crashed into a field and was on fire. The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District extinguished the fire. A single body was found on the plane, and a second body was discovered approximately five hours later. Neither of the victims has been identified.
According to the FAA, the plane was a homemade, experimental Glasair III, a two-seat, fixed-wing, single-engine craft registered to a company called DSB Inc. out of Fernley, Nev. The owner of the plane is David S. Behne, who is also the registered owner of a private landing strip called the Funny Farm Airport located approximately four miles from the crash site.
The National Weather Service reported that weather conditions around the time of the crash were fair, marked by partly cloudy skies and winds of less than 7 knots.
The Glasair III boasts a 23-foot wingspan and can reach speeds of up to 327 mph. Sold in kits, prices range from approximately $60,000 to $65,000.
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