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2 Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Peterson Air Force Base

Crews respond to a plane crash near the west entrance of the Peterson Air Force Base on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP)
Crews respond to a plane crash near the west entrance of the Peterson Air Force Base on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Authorities say two people were killed in a small plane crash near the Colorado Springs airport.

The Gazette reports the private plane crashed after takeoff Monday morning near nearby Peterson Air Force Base, setting off a small grass fire. The victims' names and ages have not been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of the Cirrus SR22 reported a loss of engine power just before the airplane went down in a field.

The crash temporarily shut down one of the Air Force base's gates. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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