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Two Die in Canada Mail Plane Crash

July 19, 2000

LINNEUS, Maine (AP) _ A plane carrying Canadian mail crashed and exploded in flames early Wednesday in a wooded area of northern Maine, killing both people aboard.

The twin-engine Gulfstream operated by Airwave Transport crashed at about 12:30 a.m., said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Public Safety Department.

The pilot was attempting an emergency landing, said Jeremy French, a company dispatch manager in Toronto. He did not elaborate. Houlton International Airport is about eight miles from the crash site.

The only part of the plane that was recognizable after the fire was an engine, which ended up in a river, McCausland said. Other parts of the plane were scattered in a nearby field.

The names of the pilot and co-pilot were not immediately released. No one on the ground was hurt.

Medical examiners were on the scene Wednesday morning to begin recovering the victims’ remains. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the scene.

The plane began its journey in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and took on more mail in Moncton, New Brunswick, McCausland said. It was headed toward scheduled stops in Toronto and Montreal when it crashed.

There was stormy weather Tuesday night in Maine, but there were no storms in the area at the time, according to the National Weather Service.

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