2 Dead In Taunton Plane Crash

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Authorities say a small plane has crashed at a municipal airport in southeastern Massachusetts, killing two people.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says federal officials were told by local authorities that the plane crashed at Taunton Municipal Airport at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. She says authorities are trying to determine the type of the aircraft.

Taunton Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Dexter said the plane crashed into a gully on the side of the runway during takeoff.

"It was an older plane made out of canvas. It burst into flames upon impact," Dexter said. "The canvas and everything was burnt up. There's very little left of the plane, just a bunch of mashed up metal."

The FAA is investigating.

Officials at Taunton Municipal Airport didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom.

This article was originally published on August 25, 2013.

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