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SANTEE -- A home-built airplane that crashed in a San Diego County nature preserve, killing three members of an Arizona family, was owned by a Phoenix man.

Medical examiners said Sunday that the owner was 65-year-old William A. Stern, who piloted the four-seat Lancair IV-P aircraft.

His 53-year-old wife, Jennifer Jane Sterm, was found in the front passenger seat, and his 19-year-old daughter Katelyn Jane Stern was in the back passenger seat.

Witnesses saw the single-engine plane go down and strike a hillside Saturday in the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve near Santee.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane had departed from San Diego's Montgomery Field en route to Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Associated Press,

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