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Police: 2 dead in small plane crash in north Florida

Ocala Police says a plane crash has shut down all north and southbound traffic on the area of SW College RD and SR 200 near Cheddar's and Market Street at Heathbrook. (Photo via CBS News)
Ocala Police says a plane crash has shut down all north and southbound traffic on the area of SW College RD and SR 200 near Cheddar's and Market Street at Heathbrook. (Photo via CBS News)(WCTV)
Published: Oct. 31, 2019 at 1:11 PM EDT
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By: Patricia Matamoros | WCJB News

October 31, 2019

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say two people died when a small plane crashed while trying to make an emergency landing near an outdoor shopping mall in north Florida.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports witness told Ocala police officers that the plane nosedived, hit the ground and burst into flames on the side of State Road 200 Thursday.

Authorities say the plane also struck a sports utility vehicle as it went down, seriously injuring the driver.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that plane was a Beechcraft Baron aircraft. Two people were on board.

The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.

No additional details were immediately available.

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