Adults in Montana plane crash linked by work, IDs suggest

SACRAMENTO — Families from Galt, St. Helena and Durham, Calif., are believed to be among those killed when a small plane that departed from Oroville on Sunday morning crashed in Montana.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the 14 fatalities and have sent an investigation team to Butte, Mont., said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the FAA's Northwest Mountain Region.

The NTSB is heading the investigation.

Names of the victims began trickling out today in Northern California media. They include Galt residents Michael L. Pullen, who practices dentistry in Valley Springs, his wife Vanessa Pullen, a pediatrician with a practice in Elk Grove, and the couple's two children, 9-year-old Sydney Pullen and 7-year-old Chris Pullen.

Among the victims are eye surgeon Erin Jacobson of St. Helena, his wife, Amy, and their children, Taylor, 4, Ava, 3, and Jude, 2. Amy Jacobsen was a dental hygienist in Angwin. Also killed were Brent Ching, his wife, Kristin, and their children, Hailey, 5, and Caleb, 3. The Ching family lived in Durham; Brent Ching practices dentistry in Chico.

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