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Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

Sunday - 8/31/2014, 8:02pm  ET

Police and firefighters work on the scene where three people were killed and two others injured after an airplane crashed in a field northwest of the main runway at Erie Municipal Airport while coming in for a landing in Erie, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)

ERIE, Colo. (AP) -- A spokesman for the National Transportation Board says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon that the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.

Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis says the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off. A photo of the crash site posted on the Boulder Daily Camera's website showed the mangled wreckage of the plane, which crashed into a grassy field.

The NTSB is investigating the crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.


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