| ||Plane Crash Kills 2 In Carlsbad|
9:54 a.m. PDT July 3, 2007
SAN DIEGO - An airplane hit electrical wires and crashed in flames near the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Tuesday morning, killing two people.
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Officials told NBC 7/39 that the four-seat plane went down shortly after taking off from McClellan-Palomar Airport, crashing near the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and College Boulevard.
Nobody was hurt on the ground.
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Carlsbad police Lt. Jay Eppel said the plane was fully engulfed by fire after the crash and that small fires had been reported in the surrounding area. Smoke was still visible at 7:30 a.m.
The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft 90 turboprop registered to Southwest Consulting Group, Inc., in San Diego and was headed to Tucson, Ariz., said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
A man who answered the phone at Southwest said those on board were going to Arizona for a work project but he was unable to confirm the identity of the victims or other details.
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Officials said several power lines had been knocked down around the airport and that debris was scattered around a nearby golf course. NBC 7/39 reported that 1,700 residences had lost power after the crash.
Surrounding streets in the area have been closed to traffic for an indeterminate time, authorities said.