Two killed in upstate NY plane crash

09:45, June 29, 2011      

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Two people were killed in the fiery crash of a light plane on Tuesday adjacent to the Dutchess County Airport in the U.S. state of New York, officials said.

"A single engine Cessna 172 was doing touch and go practice landings and crashed short of the runway," an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman in New York City told Xinhua.

The inbound aircraft, carrying two people, crashed shortly after noon U.S. Eastern Time near New York state Route 376 onto property next to the airport, at 47 Nicholas Road, New Hackensack, NY, Sgt. Jonathan Hughes of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office in Poughkeepsie said. The aircraft burst into flames on impact, the New Hackensack Fire Department responded and took the injured to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, the sergeant said.

Both victims were male, their identities withheld, a spokesman for the sheriff's office later said. One person was declared dead at the scene while the second person died at the hospital.

There was no immediate word on the possible cause of the accident but federal investigators were dispatched to the scene, about 120 kilometers north of New York City.

Source: Xinhua
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