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Nov 22, 2012 8:29 AM by Eugene Daniels

Small plane crashes east of Denver, killing 1

WATKINS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has crashed and burst into flames at an airport east of Denver, killing the only person aboard.

Front Range Airport director Dennis Heap tells The Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/cpzs9an ) the pilot was killed while preparing to practice takeoffs and landings Wednesday afternoon.

Heap says the pilot, whose name wasn't immediately released, had been cleared to touch down on a runway and immediately take off again. The pilot then requested permission to make a full-stop landing.

Heap says the pilot was cleared for a full-stop landing just before the plane crashed about a mile north of the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a replica of an RAF SE5a, a World War I-era British warplane.

Front Range Airport is southeast of Denver International Airport.

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