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Woman killed in plane crash near Half Moon Bay identified as Sacramento resident

This image provided courtesy of KTVU-TV, shows a small plane that crashed into a home on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Moss Beach, Calif. A sheriff's spokesman says one person died and one person was hurt when the small plane crashed into the house north of an airport in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This image provided courtesy of KTVU-TV, shows a small plane that crashed into a home on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Moss Beach, Calif. A sheriff's spokesman says one person died and one person was hurt when the small plane crashed into the house north of an airport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Associated Press

The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has identified the person killed in Friday’s plane crash near the Half Moon Bay Airport as Melissa Magee, 57, of Sacramento.

Stephen Magee, her husband and the pilot of the Cessna 172, suffered serious injuries when the plane crashed into a home in the Moss Beach area at 11:20 a.m. Friday.

“He’s really shook up,” said Dick Tak, secretary-treasurer of Sac Aero Flying Club, of which Stephen Magee is an original member and which owned the Cessna. Tak said he spoke to Magee on Saturday.

Magee and other flying club members volunteer with Angel Flight, a nationwide organization that arranges free flights for patients needing medical care and organs awaiting transplant. Friday’s flight was not an Angel Flight mission, Tak said.

“He was just taking a flight to enjoy the weather,” Tak said, adding that he did not know Melissa Magee well. “He’s a very nice person, enjoying flying, enjoying life.”

No one answered the door Saturday at the Magees’ home in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Sacramento.

The Cessna was flying from Sacramento Executive Airport to Half Moon Bay Airport when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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