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Plane catches fire at Alabama airport; 3 killed

June 18, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (AP) — Officials say three people have been killed aboard a plane that veered from an Alabama airport runway and caught fire.

Huntsville International Airport spokeswoman Karen Yarbrough said during a press conference Wednesday that authorities are unsure of the plane’s intended destination. The passenger’s identities haven’t been released.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Westwind II aircraft was trying to take off at the time.

Photos from local news outlets show flames and a large plume of black smoke.

Bergen says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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