Small plane crash in Turks and Caicos Islands kills 2

December 24, 2017
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - Locals attempt to put out the fire after a small aircraft burst info flames after it crashed shortly after take off, near the airport in Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. An aviation official said the crash has killed two people. (AP Photo/Vivian Tyson)

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (AP) — An aviation official in the Turks and Caicos Islands says a small plane crash has killed two people.

Airport authority CEO John Smith says the plane crashed shortly after taking off Saturday from the island of Providenciales. Photos from the scene show the aircraft was engulfed in flames and thick smoke following the crash along a road near the airport.

Smith declined to identify the operator of the plane or the nationalities of the two people on board, and said the cause was under investigation. The plane was leaving the British territory southeast of the Bahamas at the time of the crash.

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