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
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
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