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FAA: 2 killed in small plane crash near Milaca

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Federal aviation officials say a small plane has crashed in central Minnesota, killing both people on board.

      National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the plane departed Thursday morning from Aitkin, Minn., headed for Beaumont, Texas. The Piper 46 plane crashed in Milaca, which is about 65 miles north of Minneapolis.

      Knudson says the pilot contacted air-traffic controllers to say he was having problems with his flight controls, and then contact was lost shortly after that at about 10:15 a.m.

      He says a farmer reported the wreckage in an open field about 15 minutes later.

      The plane is registered to TeeMark Corp. in Aitkin. A woman who answered the phone there said no one was available to talk, and hung up.

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