Two killed in small plane crash in Pine River, Minnesota

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Two people were killed in the crash of a small, single-engine plane in Pine River, Minnesota, on Friday evening.

The identities of the two have not been released, pending notification of family, the Brainerd Dispatch reports.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Piper J4A airplane crashed shortly after takeoff at about 6:35 p.m. Friday in a field south of the Pine River Regional Airport.

Several witnesses said the plane took off from the airport and appeared to be flying “low and slow” before crashing one-quarter mile away, the Dispatch reports.

Fuel was leaking from the plane after it crashed, but it did not catch fire, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said, according to the Associated Press.

The plane reportedly was on a local flight, with departure and landing planned in Pine River.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registry, the plane is registered to a resident of Pine River.

The Dispatch has images of the crash site. The airport is in Cass County, about 30 miles north of Brainerd.

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