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Louisiana plane plunged after takeoff: Investigators

Louisiana plane plunged after takeoff: Investigators

A view of the burnt wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the parking lot of a post office in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)

WASHINGTON: A small plane that crashed in Louisiana climbed only about 274 metres before plunging to the ground, killing five of the six people aboard, investigators said on Sunday (Dec 29).

Two people were critically injured in the Saturday plane crash involving a Piper Cheyenne shortly after takeoff from Lafayette Regional Airport in the southern US state, local media reported. One of the injured was a passenger on the plane, and the other was on the ground where it crashed.

Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board Bruce Landsberg said that once airborne, the plane turned left and began descending, rolling to wing level before hitting trees and a power line, then striking the parking lot of a post office before crashing into a field, The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Lafayette reported.

As it typical for planes of that size, the aircraft was not equipped with a flight data recorder, Landsberg said, adding "it complicates the job tremendously when we don't have that," according to the newspaper.

Among the five dead was sports broadcaster Carley McCord, daughter-in-law of Steve Ensminger, the offensive coordinator for the Louisiana State University football team.

Later Saturday, LSU triumphed over the University of Oklahoma 63-28 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, the destination of the doomed plane.

Source: AFP/de

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