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Sutter Creek man, son identified as victims in fatal plane crash

A Sutter Creek man and his son, en route to Amador County for Christmas, have been identified as the men who died in the Wednesday afternoon crash of a small plane near Sutter Creek.

Amador County Undersheriff James Wegner said Phillip Faillers was returning from Santa Clara County, where he had picked up his 27-year-old son, Alex Faillers. He said the plane apparently crashed in the fog.

Wegner said a 911 call was received about 12:36 p.m. reporting that a plane had crashed northeast of Sutter Crest Estates. Deputies and fire crews responded and found a single-engine plane. The two men were found dead at the scene.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said preliminary information indicated the plane was a Cessna 172 and that it went down in the 12000 block of Shake Ridge Road.

Wegner said the crash occurred not far from from an airport, Westover Field.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.