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Small plane crashes in Pa.; 1 dead, 1 hurt

GROVE CITY, Pa. — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of a small plane crash Wednesday near a landfill in Mercer County that killed one person and injured another.

The single-engine Cessna 210 went down around 5:45 p.m. in a wooded area near the Grove City airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities have not said if the plane had departed from the airport or if it was trying to land when the crash occurred.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer County said the crash probe has been forwarded to FAA officials in Pittsburgh.

The names of the two people aboard the plane have not been released. The injured person was being treated at a hospital for burns and related injuries, authorities said, but further details on their condition were not disclosed.

Crystal Essiaw, media relations for the FAA, said the agency does not identify people involved in accidents. However, a report from 21-WFMJ-TV identified the dead pilot as Richard Briggs, 65, of Cuyahoga Falls.

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