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Two Killed in Delaware Plane Crash

April 8, 2003

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) _ A small plane crashed Tuesday near an oil refinery, killing both people on board, officials said.

Jim Salmon, a spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, said he did not know if the pilot reported any problems before the plane went down about five miles short of New Castle County Airport. The authority operates the airport.

The plane, a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, crashed near the Motiva oil refinery around 10 a.m. Motiva spokesman Spiros Mantzavinos said the plane did not damage any of the refinery’s operations.

Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was registered to Kuehne Chemical Co. of Kearny, N.J. Officials at Kuehne headquarters said company president Peter Kuehne had no comment.

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