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Weekend plane crashes kill 1, injure four

Associated Press / June 7, 2010

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MARBLE, Colo. — One person was killed and one was critically injured in the crash of a single-engine airplane in western Colorado yesterday, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed around 7 a.m. near Marble, 125 miles west of Denver. Three people were on board the plane.

Mike Fergus, an FAA spokesman, said the cause of the crash isn’t known. Federal investigators were sent to the scene.

Fergus said the two survivors were hospitalized, one with critical injuries. The status of the other person was not immediately known, and the names of the victims were not immediately released.

Crews from Gunnison County, Pitkin County, and the Carbondale Fire Department responded.

The plane was a Beech G35 built in 1956 and owned by William Fritts of Osceola, Mo., according to FAA records. No one answered the phone at Fritts’s home yesterday.

On New York’s Long Island, a small plane practicing landings crashed into an unoccupied commercial building at an industrial park Saturday, injuring a student pilot and a flight instructor, police said.

The pilot and the instructor were hospitalized after the crash, which destroyed the plane but caused only light damage to structures on the ground. The pilot’s injuries were considered serious, police said.

The crash happened about a half-mile from a runway at Long Island MacArthur Airport, said Jim Peters, an FAA spokesman. The fliers had been practicing “touch-and-go’’ landings, in which the pilot immediately takes off after his wheels touch the tarmac, Peters said.

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