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Mar 30, 2010 5:27 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Small plane crashes into building near Virginia airport

A small plane carrying two people has crashed into the side of a UPS freight facility near the Roanoke airport in western Virginia.

Officials say no one on the ground was injured. Roanoke County Fire spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton says the plane was taking off just before 1 p.m. Tuesday when it hit power lines, crashed into the corner of the building and then burst into flames.

One person in the plane got out on his own and rescue crews helped the other out of the wreckage. Both were taken to a local hospital. Their status was not immediately available.

Airport spokeswoman Sherry Wallace says the pilot of the single-engine Piper reported a problem to air traffic controllers shortly before the crash.

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