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Probe: Plane operating normally before fatal crash in North Hampton

Federal investigators said an initial probe shows the small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in North Hampton had no obvious mechanical failures before it fell from the sky, killing two people.

Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board said witness accounts indicate the Cessna pitched up sharply after takeoff Monday at Hampton Airfield, rolled to the left then plummeted into trees.

Gunther said yesterday that the propeller was turning, the engine was running properly and all of the flight control devices appear to have been working before the plane crashed.

The pilot, 81-year-old David Ingalls of Kingston, and a passenger, 62-year-old Bruce Anderson, were killed. Investigators will be looking at the health of both men.

Gunther also said there was no sign of fire in the plane.

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