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2 Die in Malaysia Small Plane Crash

June 18, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A small plane belonging to a local flying school crashed into the sea Sunday, killing two passengers after two others parachuted to safety, police officials said.

The Cessna aircraft was on a training flight 328 feet off the coast of Mersing town in southern Johor state when it crashed into the South China Sea, district police chief Idris Abdullah was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.

Witnesses saw the plane hit a tree by the shore and circle over the water for some time before crashing, a Mersing police official said.

Two passengers parachuted out and survived, but the Singaporean pilot and a Malaysian instructor were killed.

Mersing is about 155 miles southeast of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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