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Small Plane Crashes at Taunton Airport, 2 Dead

Taunton, Mass. (ap) — Officials have tentatively identified two men killed in a small plane crash at a municipal airport in southeastern Massachusetts. The Bristol County District Attorney’s office says 69-year-old John Schmouth, of Brockton, and 61-year-old Roland Deslauriers, of Bridgewater, are believed to have been on board when the plane crashed Sunday morning at Taunton Municipal Airport. Schmouth was listed as the pilot.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office says family members have been notified but the identifications won’t be confirmed until autopsies are complete.

Authorities say the small plane crashed during takeoff shortly after 6 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating along with state and local officials.

Taunton is about 40 miles south of Boston.