2 dead in private plane crash at Tucson airport

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A small plane crashed into the blast wall adjacent to the parking garage. (Source: Tucson International Airport) A small plane crashed into the blast wall adjacent to the parking garage. (Source: Tucson International Airport)
Two people died after a plane crashed at Tucson International Airport. (Source: Tucson News Now) Two people died after a plane crashed at Tucson International Airport. (Source: Tucson News Now)
The plane skidded before crashing and catching fire. (Source: Kevin Adger, Tucson News Now) The plane skidded before crashing and catching fire. (Source: Kevin Adger, Tucson News Now)
The crash occurred on the apron east of the terminal. (Source: Tucson International Airport) The crash occurred on the apron east of the terminal. (Source: Tucson International Airport)
A small plane crashed near the parking garage. (Source: Susan Suarez) A small plane crashed near the parking garage. (Source: Susan Suarez)
TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Authorities say two people died after a small plane crashed while taking off Monday at Tucson International Airport.

Airport officials say they won't release the identities of the victims until all family members are notified.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the twin-engine Beechcraft BE300 crashed into a blast fence while taking off.

The airport said that commercial flights were not affected but a parking garage near the crash site had been closed.

Airport public safety chief John Ivanoff says the plane skidded for "some distance" before crashing and catching fire. The fire sent large, black plumes of smoke into the sky.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were en route from Phoenix to investigate the fatal crash along with the FAA.

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