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Plane crashes in flames at Long Beach Airport

March 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

A twin-engine plane crashed near Long Beach Airport on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Few details were available, but an FAA spokesman said the plane caught fire after crashing. Several witnesses said on Twitter that the plane had crashed in a ball of flames.  People were removed from the plane; their condition was not known, witnesses said.

The Beechcraft King Air plane crashed on departure at Long Beach Airport at 10:30 a.m., said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. Engine crews responded after the crash and were in the process of surrounding the charred hull of the craft.

The plane was headed to Salt Lake City before crashing and catching fire, Gregor said.

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