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Plane crashes into St. Louis-area home; 2 missing

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[February 22, 2010]  BELLEVILLE (AP) -- Fire officials say a small plane has crashed into a house and adjacent hangar. Two people aboard the plane are missing.

Signal Hill Fire Chief Greg Render tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the plane was bound for St. Louis Downtown-Parks airport in Cahokia.

Nobody on the ground was injured, and no one was in the house at the time of the crash. As many as 75 firefighters have responded to the resulting fire.

Render tells KMOV-TV that the plane crashed about 6:40 p.m. in the Aero Estates Court subdivision. Homes there have hangars and private runways.

Render won't say where the flight originated.

Belleville is about 20 miles southeast of St. Louis.

[Associated Press]

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