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Kenneth Mueller

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Richard Conte (left) with wife Terri Conte

A plane crash on Sept. 4, north of Twin Cities Road, caused the deaths of Raley’s Supermarkets’ chief financial officer and chief pilot.

The Sacramento County coroner identified the two occupants of the small, twin-engine plane as Raley’s CFO Kenneth Mueller and Chief Pilot Richard Conte.

Raley’s responded to the news in a statement.

“Over the weekend, we were notified by authorities of a plane crash involving two of our long-term Raley's team members, Ken Mueller, Chief Financial Officer and Richard Conte, Chief Pilot. Our organization is deeply saddened and heartbroken,” the grocery store chain said.

“At this time, we are focused on supporting their families, friends and our colleagues.

“An investigation is being handled by the regulatory agencies and we expect to learn more in the days and weeks ahead.”

The Beechcraft Baron 58 that Mueller and Conte were in crashed at about 8:50 a.m., records from the Federal Aviation Administration show. The crash site was in an orchard north of the intersection of Twin Cities and Christensen roads.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report of the crash at 8:54 a.m.

“The caller advised that they saw a small plane go down and heard a loud sound,” the agency said in a statement. Sheriff’s deputies and Cosumnes Fire Department responded to the scene, a marshy area within the orchard, where they found both Mueller and Conte dead.

According to a bio that was on the Raley’s website in 2021, Mueller joined the company in 1997. He was 56.

Besides his work with Raley’s, Conte was also a designated pilot examiner involved in training and certifying pilots in the Sacramento area. Conte was 68.

The aircraft’s FAA registry page indicates it was manufactured in 1985.

The FAA told the Herald that it and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. It is still unclear what caused the crash. The NTSB will provide future updates.