Federal and local investigators Wednesday returned to the site near Brentwood where an experimental plane crashed on Tuesday, killing two people.
The Contra Costa County coroner's office Wednesday morning sent examiners to the crash site, on a tilled farm field several miles north of the Byron Airport, to work toward identifying the two victims, sheriff's office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.
Coroner's investigators are reviewing the victims' dental records and must notify their next of kin before the sheriff's office can release their names, Lee said.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported that two people died in the crash of a Glasair III, an experimental, single-engine plane, at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, four and a half miles from the airport in Byron.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, with the safety board serving as the lead agency.
FAA records show that the fixed-wing plane was "amateur built" and manufactured in 2008 by David S. Behne.
Behne is the owner and manager of the Funny Farm Airport, a private airstrip at 2650 Penny Lane in Brentwood, according to the FAA's online list of U.S. airports.
Authorities have not yet determined that Behne was in the crash.
But Behne's son, Eric, 23, confirmed Wednesday that his father took off from the Funny Farm airstrip prior to the crash.
Eric Behne said his father started flying planes at age 16 at the Funny Farm facility, which was first owned by David's stepfather.
His father built and completed a Glasair III plane about a year ago, and used it to commute from the airstrip in Brentwood to his job at Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, he said.
"He flew almost every day to Palo Alto Airport, for seven years now, almost every day," he said. "It took him 15 minutes, versus two hours (by car.)"
On the day of the crash, his father and the second victim "were just flying around, not to any specific place," he said.
--Bay City News