The Latest: 6 people killed in plane crash, police say

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Posted: Aug 12, 2016 10:22 PM
The Latest: 6 people killed in plane crash, police say

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane that crashed near an airport in northern Virginia (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

State police say six people have died in a plane crash in northern Virginia.

State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says in an email that six bodies were pulled from the burned wreckage of the small plane Friday.

Geller says all six people were from out of state and their bodies will go to the chief medical examiner's office in Richmond for identification. She says police will not release their names until all next of kin had been notified.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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5:30 p.m.

State police say a small plane was attempting to land at a northern Virginia airport when it crashed and burst into flames.

State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email that the private aircraft came to the end of the runway on Friday and then pulled back up. Geller says the plane struck a tree line, crashed and immediately caught fire.

Police say at least two people died. They have not said how many people were on board the plane.

Shari Acree was on board an Amtrak train near the airport when the crash occurred. She says she saw white smoke and then the crash. She says in an email that flames were coming out of the wreckage and the plane was "completely decimated."

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2:30 p.m.

Officials say at least two people were killed when a small plane crashed near the Fredericksburg airport.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the crash occurred near the Shannon Airport Friday afternoon. She says the crash caused the aircraft to catch fire. She says at least two people are confirmed dead.

Geller did not say how many people were on board the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating.