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2 killed after small plane crashes, catches fire in Massachusetts airport: police

A small plane is seen, resting on the nose after a crash and fire at the Mansfield Municipal Airport on Saturday. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that two people died in the crash.

Two people killed when a small plane crashed and caught fire Saturday afternoon in a Massachusetts airport, the officials said.

Authorities arrived on the scene, in Mansfield Airport, at about 12:36 a.m., Massachusetts State Police said on Twitter.

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The Mansfield Fire department are working to extinguish the flames, police said. The aircraft was a Cessna 172, the officials said.

A photo of the crash site showed the aircraft sitting nose down on the ground. Fire officials could be seen as well.

A researcher will be on the site early Sunday to investigate whether the plane, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman told The Associated Press.

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The police initially said it was not clear how many people were on board. However, a later update, said the crash had “resulted in two fatalities.”

The airport is located about 45 miles south of Boston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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