Two prominent real estate developers and a bicycle advocate were among five people killed Wednesday in the fiery crash of a twin-engine plane at Long Beach airport, a spokesman for one of the victims said.
Developers Tom Dean and Jeff Berger, and advocate Mark Bixby were killed, said a spokesman for Dean.
The identities of the other two people who died weren't immediately available.
Another passenger, Mike Jensen, was hospitalized in critical condition, the spokesman said.
The privately owned Beechcraft King Air turboprop had taken off but was circling back when it crashed and burst into flames, Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez said.
He did not immediately know why the plane had turned around. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
The plane left a scorched trail dozens of feet long as it plowed through the grass.