2 killed in New Hampshire plane crash

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire fire chief says two people were killed when a small airplane crashed while taking off from an airfield near the New Hampshire seacoast.

Federal officials say the Cessna 180 carrying two people crashed into woods near Hampton Airfield at 10:50 a.m. Monday. Fire Chief Dennis Cote says both were killed.

Witness Bob Lamothe says it appeared to be a normal takeoff before the nose of the plane pitched upward. Then the plane lost airspeed and dropped from the sky. He says the cockpit was “completely crushed.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Lamothe says the plane was not participating in the airfield’s Labor Day “flour bomb drop,” a competition in which participants pass over the runway and drop small sacks of flour over a target.

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