New Mexico plane crash kills two

Oct. 13 (UPI) — Two men died when a small plane crashed near an airport in Las Cruces, N.M., state police said.

The single-engine Cessna crashed and caught fire in a remote, mountainous area about 4 miles northeast of the Las Cruces International Airport. Police received a report of the crash around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

New Mexico State Police identified the two men in the plane as David Glenn Hancock, 67, of El Paso, Texas, and Morris Douglas Newton, 77, of Las Cruces. They were the only two occupants of the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to investigate the cause of the crash.

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