Small Plane Crashes Into Building Near Airport

Pilot reported engine trouble

Two people were rushed to a hospital after their small plane crashed into a building near the Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia.

The pilot radioed the tower during take-off just after 1 p.m. to report engine trouble, said a spokesman for the airport. The plane then apparently clipped some power lines and crashed into a UPS building in a nearby industrial park.

No word on whether anyone in the building was injured nor on the condition of the two people in the plane.

The plane is a 1985 Piper PA-46, said Ted Lopatkiewicz, of the National Transportation Safety Board.

It is registered to Aviation Development Group Inc., of Charlottesville.

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