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Midwest Small Plane Crashes Kill 4

December 3, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ A single-engine experimental plane crashed in a vacant lot Saturday, killing both men aboard, while a separate plane crash in Minnesota killed two college students.

One plane crashed between an auto dealership and a restaurant south of Oklahoma City, about 100 yards from a house and 100 yards west of a highway.

``He landed in a vacant lot and that may have been exactly what he was trying to do,″ Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said. ``I don’t know what happened on board but he put it right down in the center of this lot.″

The force of impact apparently popped out the windshield of the silver plane, and its nose was resting on the ground while its back end was sticking in the air. The plane’s propeller had been detached and other pieces of metal were scattered around the crash site.

The two middle-aged men died at the hospital.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig said the RV-7 plane took off from Twin Lakes Airport in Midwest City and was flying into Max Westheimer Field, about a mile from the crash site.

Meanwhile, in northwestern Minnesota, two University of North Dakota students _ ages 18 and 19 _ died after their plane crashed into a farm Saturday, authorities said. The plane went down about a mile and a half from Crookston Municipal Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate both crashes.

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