Small plane crashes at airport, catches fire; 2 are killed

Small plane crashes at airport, catches fire; 2 are killed Photo: AP

February 23, 2019 05:51 PM

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say two people died after a small plane crashed and caught fire at Mansfield Municipal Airport.

Police say the crash occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday. State police and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.

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An NTSB spokesman says an investigator will be on the site early Sunday to examine the aircraft and document the scene.

The FAA says the plane was a Cessna 172.

The airport is about 45 miles south of Boston.

NTSB's aviation accident database shows there two non-fatal incidents at the airport in 2011 involving an experimental plane that veered off the runway and in 2004 involving a student pilot who taxied the plane to a closed runway.

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