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Probe: Plane operating normally before North Hampton fatal crash

NORTH HAMPTON (AP) — Federal investigators say an initial probe shows the small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in New Hampshire had no obvious mechanical failures before it fell from the sky, killing two people.

Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board says witness accounts indicate the Cessna pitched up sharply after take-off on Monday at Hampton Airfield, rolled to the left then plummeted into trees. ...

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NORTH HAMPTON (AP) — Federal investigators say an initial probe shows the small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in New Hampshire had no obvious mechanical failures before it fell from the sky, killing two people.

Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board says witness accounts indicate the Cessna pitched up sharply after take-off on Monday at Hampton Airfield, rolled to the left then plummeted into trees.

Gunther said Tuesday that the propeller was turning, the engine was running properly and all the flight control devices appear to have been working before the plane crashed.

The pilot, 81-year-old David Ingalls of Kingston, and a passenger, 62-year-old Bruce Anderson, were killed. Investigators will be looking at the health of both men.

Gunther also said there was no sign of fire in the plane.