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Plane crashes into car, 3 dead

Small Plane

A small plane crashed into a car Thursday in a parking lot near a Houston airport, killing three people aboard the aircraft, fire officials said.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the plane crashed shortly after 1pm into a car that was parked at a hardware store near Hobby Airport in the southeastern part of the city.

Fire Captain Ruy Lozano said officials believe the three people killed in the accident were on the plane. No one was in the parked car that was hit by the plane, Lozano said.

The single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft had been trying to land at Hobby Airport when it crashed less than 1.5km northwest of the airport, said Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

It was not immediately known what caused the plane to crash. Lunsford said the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the crash investigation. (AP)