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Four killed in Ohio small plane crash

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[August 26, 2014]  (Reuters) - Four people were killed on Monday when a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from an Ohio regional airport, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The plane, which caught fire, went down around 10 p.m. local time near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles from downtown Cleveland, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Rudy Zupanc.

The plane broke apart in an unpopulated area and there was no damage to other property, Zupanc said.

"We know it was a small, single-engine plane and that at some point it caught fire," he said. "We are still in the investigative phase."

So far police have confirmed four fatalities. The plane's destination and the number of people on board was unclear, Zupanc said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has investigative authority in the state during aviation accidents, has a number of personnel on scene, Zupanc said.

The Federal Aviation Administration could not immediately be reached for details following the evening incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Jeremy Laurence)

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