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Pair who died in Berryessa adventure plane crash worked for Vacaville aircraft maker

Lake Berryessa is seen with parts of California’s newest national monument in the background, Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif. California’s newest national monument covers hundreds of thousands of acres from marshes to the mountain peaks 6,000 feet above them. Federal protection will let an entire coastal range better weather the warming of climate change, supporters say. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Lake Berryessa is seen with parts of California’s newest national monument in the background, Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif. California’s newest national monument covers hundreds of thousands of acres from marshes to the mountain peaks 6,000 feet above them. Federal protection will let an entire coastal range better weather the warming of climate change, supporters say. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) AP

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in a Monday morning plane crash as employees of a Vacaville company that makes the aircraft.

The amphibious plane crashed near Lake Berryessa, killing Jon Murray Karkow, 55, and Cagri Sever, 41. Both Karkow, the pilot, and Sever worked for Icon Aircraft, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The company was not able to immediately respond to media inquiries.

The small plane crashed on land in the area of Little Portuguese Cove at the eastern end of Lake Berryessa, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The single-engine Icon A5 crashed under unknown circumstances, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane’s manufacturer identifies it as “made for adventure” with water-landing and take off capabilities.

“Icon A5s have been a common sight flying over the Lake Berryessa area recently,” the Sheriff’s Office press release states.

The lightweight plane is built so that it can be carried on a truck trailer. The innovative design has attracted widespread coverage in the media, including a number of cover stories in aviation magazines.

In a video posted on the ICON website, Karkow says, “Our mission is to make it so easy to fly ... that you’re free to have the most fun possible.”

The manufacturer has one crash recorded in a federal database maintained by the National Transportation Safety Board. The nonfatal crash happened last month in Key Largo, Fla., and is still under investigation.

The Berryessa crash occurred in a remote location that cannot be accessed by land, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Blower. Officials responded by boat and were trying to recover the plane Monday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB will investigate the crash, Gregor said.

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