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Jul 8, 2011 12:26 AM by Gene Cotton

Small plane crashes into Calif. hospital; 2 dead

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a community hospital in central California, killing two people on board the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says a single-engine plane crashed into an office building at the hospital shortly after takeoff from nearby Watsonville Municipal Airport around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Lunsford says there were no injuries or fatalities on the ground.

Witnesses say the plane took a nose dive and landed partially into the first floor of the building.

A dispatcher with the Watsonville Fire Department says no evacuations have been ordered from the hospital.

Watsonville is about 90 miles south of San Francisco.

 

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