The weather in Corona was foggy at the time of departure.
Witnesses said they heard an engine overhead, but the engine suddenly cut out.
The pilot was planning to speak with air traffic controllers during the flight, but never contacted air traffic control.
Officials say search crews found the wreckage at about 6:45 p.m. roughly 1.5 miles NW of the airport. The wreckage was in a dense, wooded area and was extremely difficult to spot from the air.
Both people on board were killed.
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