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Small Plane Crash at Portland Jetport Sends 2 to Hospital, Closes Airport

Flights to the Portland International Jetport were being held at their points of origin, the airport said on Twitter.


A small plane crashed Friday at the Portland International Jetport, the Maine city's major airport, police said.

The two people on board were taken to the hospital, Portland police said, with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The airport was temporarily closed. Flights were being held at their points of origin, and five flights heading to Portland were diverted to New Hampshire, Boston and Rhode Island, Jetport officials said.

As of shortly before 5 p.m. the main runway at the airport had reopened, but the secondary runway where the plane, a single-engine fixed wing Cessna, crashed remains closed, airport officials said.

Airport Director Paul Bradbury said he believes the plane was getting ready to take off when it crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The people on the plane have not been publicly identified. The aircraft is registered to Horizon Aviation of Sinclair, Maine.

This breaking news story will be updated with more information.

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