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Plane crash in Texas kills 10 people after hitting hangar, officials say


Two crew members and eight passengers have died after a small plane veered into an aircraft hangar after take-off, officials say.

A small twin-engine passenger plane crashed in Texas in the United States on Sunday, killing 10 people, officials said.

The incident happened at Addison Airport, 17 kilometres north of Dallas CBD, where the twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air was destroyed by flames after the crash, the Dallas Morning News reported. 

"The Dallas County Medical Examiner has confirmed 10 fatalities and no survivors," a spokeswoman for the town of Addison told AFP.

Emergency services at the scene in Dallas County.

The plane was heading for St. Petersburg, Florida and was carrying two flight crew and eight passengers, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bruce Landsberg said.

There were few details on what caused the crash, which the NTSB is investigating, he said.

"There are any number of possibilities that could occur," Mr Landsberg told a press conference. 

"We don't know a lot about the people on board at this point," he said. "I think the next of kin is just in the process of being notified."

A massive column of black smoke poured out of a building at the airport in Addison after the crash, as firefighters directed streams of water toward the blaze.

The NTSB investigator in charge of the accident, Jennifer Rodi, said the plane, which had changed ownership recently, hit a private hangar at the airport.

The plane had just lifted off the runway at the south end of the airport when it veered left, dropped its left wing and slammed into the hangar, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing Addison fire department spokesman Edward Martelle.

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