An aviation official says a small plane on its way to Maine has crashed near an airport in Massachusetts, killing both people aboard.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says the plane crashed Tuesday night in Orange, a town of about 7,500 residents in the western part of the state. He says the single-engine Cessna 172 had left Orange Municipal Airport and went down in a wooded area about a mile to the north.

The plane was registered to a man in Ellicott City, Md., but there’s no home telephone number listed for him.

The FAA spokesman says he doesn’t know the identities of the two people killed or where in Maine they were going. The FAA is trying to get the pilot’s flight plan.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash.


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