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Plane crash kills woman; Cessna pilot hospitalized.

Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.

ORANGE- A plane crashed early last night near Orange Municipal Airport, killing one of two people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said that around 6 p.m. the single-engine Cessna 310F went down just short of the runway, under unknown circumstances.

The female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said. State police said the pilot was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. According to the FAA's aircraft tail number database, the Cessna is owned by Steven T. Fay of Hillsboro, N.H.

The plane remained upside down in the water for several hours as investigators and state police arrived at the crash scene, off Shingle Brook Road.

According to the town-owned airport's website, the airport's two runways, measure 5,000 feet and 4,801 feet.

The crash was the second in town since August. A Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane crashed into the woods about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 10, roughly 20 minutes after a worker at Orange Airport finished fueling the aircraft.

Last month, a plane crash near Spencer Airport killed airport owner Gregg Andrews.

Mr. Peters said the cause of yesterday's crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In Fitchburg, well-known pilot Melville "Reese" Dill was killed at approximately 1:10 p.m. Nov. 6 when the small plane he was trying to land at Fitchburg Municipal Airport crashed into the nearby Nashua River. A passenger survived.

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Date:Jan 2, 2011
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