A twin-engine plane crashed through a fairgrounds auditorium Friday...

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A twin-engine plane crashed through a fairgrounds auditorium Friday afternoon, killing at least one person.

The craft destroyed Swing Auditorium on the grounds of the National Orange Show near the center of the town about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.


The crash also set a fire, which was quickly extinguished.

Two workmen inside the auditorium and several other people outside escaped uninjured. At least two events, a swap meet and a teachers conference, were held in other fairgrounds buildings Friday.

It was not immedately known how many persons were aboard the craft, but authorities said there were no survivors.

Witnesses said the light plane suddenly nosedived while flying over the fair grounds and smashed through the auditorium, the city's main concert hall, with the plane wreckage coming out the other side.

'It looks like the auditiorium is totally destroyed,' said Nadine Hardin, an Orange Show spokeswoman. 'The plane went in the west side and out through the east side. It went totally through.'

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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