A small jet crashed at a local desert airport near San Bernardino in Southern California Sunday noon killing both people on board.
Identified as a two-seater Aero L-39 Albatros, the Czechoslovakian-developed jet trainer crashed at around 2:20 p.m. PT at the Apple Valley Airport, about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
According to Fire Marshal Jason Nailon, flames coming out of the engine were noticed by a witness while the high-performance jet trainer aircraft was taxiing down the runway.
Authorities have shut down the airport for 24 hours and investigation by FAA as well as the National Transportation Safety Board is underway.
The two victims have not yet been identified.
No one on the ground has been hurt.