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Ohio Plane Crash Kills 4 After Takeoff Ends in Inferno

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Investigators look over the wreckage of a plane crash as it rests on the side of a road in Richmond Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 07:43 AM

An Ohio plane crash claimed the lives of all four people on board Monday night after the aircraft went down just after takeoff from a regional airport outside of Cleveland.

The Cessna 172R crashed at about 10 p.m. Monday after taking off from the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Airport in Richmond Heights, about 15 miles northeast of Cleveland, the Ohio State Highway Patrol told The Associated Press.

The patrol says the plane began its ascent, then crashed outside the airport and burst into flames. The occupants were trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.

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Mark Gerald, 45, said he was sitting on his front porch when the plane crashed nearby. He said he could hear the plane struggling, but didn't see it until hit the ground.

Gerald told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that he and neighbors ran toward the plane hoping they could help, but it exploded as they approached.

"We thought we had (a chance to help them). It was too hot," he said. "The whole fuselage was involved."

William Honaker, 18, said he was driving nearby when he saw a "ball of light" and realized it was the plane on fire.

Honaker said he also tried to approach the plane, but onlookers warned him to stay away because of the intense fire.

"(The plane) was so mangled," Honaker said. "I didn't want to look at it anymore, to be honest."

It was not immediately known where the plane was headed. The names of those on board have not been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board asked local authorities to secure the scene for their investigators.

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An Ohio plane crash claimed the lives of all four people on board Monday night after the aircraft went down just after takeoff from a regional airport outside of Cleveland.
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