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Small plane crashes after takeoff in Maine; 3 dead

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 02:32 hrs

A small plane has crashed in a wooded area in Maine shortly after taking off from an airport, killing three people.

Witnesses say Friday's crash shot flames 20 feet in the air and sent smoke billowing into the night sky.

Knox County Regional Airport manager Jeff Northgraves says the Cessna 172 four-seater ran into trouble on its takeoff roll and went down at 5 p.m. The fire has destroyed the plane.

Sheriff Donna Dennison says three people died in the crash and officials are searching the woods to make sure all victims are accounted for.

The crash happened near the end of a runway at the airport in Owls Head, the site of the deadliest commercial airplane crash in state history in 1979. More than a dozen passengers and two pilots died in that crash.

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