2 dead after small plane crashes after takeoff near Dallas
Two people died Monday after the small plane crashed near Dallas.
The plane was trying to land when it crashed just before 3 p.m. in Grand Prairie along a back road, the fire department said in a statement.
The small passenger plane had taken off from the city's urban airport a few minutes earlier, officials said.
Witnesses said the plane hit a telephone pole, "fought an additional 500 feet by hitting the concrete several times," and then hit a pickup truck before resting in the parking lot of a Sonic restaurant, said Grand Prairie chief fire officer Robert Fite , told reporters.
By the time firefighters and police arrived, the plane was completely engulfed, Fite said.
The pickup person was taken to hospital, but the injuries are not life threatening.
The names of those killed were not released immediately, and the Federal Aviation Administration is on hand to conduct the investigation, the fire department said.
The plane is based in Denton and stopped at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport before taking off and crashing. People at the airport said there were only two people on the plane, Fite said.
Grand Prairie is a city of around 195,000 people between Dallas and Fort Worth and is about 40 miles south of Denton.
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