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2 killed after plane takes off in Ruidoso


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RUIDOSO — Authorities say two people are dead after their twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport Tuesday night.

The accident occurred around 10:10 p.m., leading to the aircraft to burn on impact, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The intended destination for the Beechcraft King Air E-90 was Abilene, Texas.
State police spokesman Carl Christiansen identified the pilot as 39-year-old Justin King and the second victim as his child, 13-year-old Hayden King, who was a passenger in the plane. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the wreck was immediately clear.
FAA investigators were headed to the accident site Wednesday, and the NTSB had been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.
The FAA said it will release the tail number after investigators confirm it at the site.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.