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2 dead in small plane crash at central Pennsylvania airport

The Associated Press

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Officials say a small plane crashed trying to land at an airport operated by Penn State University, killing the only two people on board.

Smoke rises in the woods in Benner Township, Centre County, where a plane crashed killing its two occupants Thursday, June 16, 2016. Officials said the small plane crashed trying to land at an airport operated by Penn State University. (John Boogert/Centre Daily Times via AP)

University spokeswoman Heather Robbins tells the Centre Daily Times tower crews at University Park Airport saw smoke coming from the aircraft as it approached at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday. She says they tried to alert the pilot but got no response.

Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers later confirmed the deaths.

The FAA says the plane was a Piper Navajo that left Washington County earlier Thursday.

The airport was closed after the crash but reopened at 10:30 a.m.

A small, experimental aircraft crash-landed at the same airport eight days ago. The pilot was not injured.