2 Dead After Small Plane Catches Fire, Crashes at Tampa's Peter O. Knight Airport | NBC 6 South Florida

2 Dead After Small Plane Catches Fire, Crashes at Tampa's Peter O. Knight Airport

Footage from the scene captured by NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa shows smoke and flames pouring from the downed plane

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    Two people are dead after a twin-engine Cessna burst into flames and crashed at an airport near Tampa. (Published Friday, March 18, 2016)

    Two people are dead after a twin-engine Cessna burst into flames and crashed at an airport near downtown Tampa Friday morning, officials said.

    Fire crews found the victims among the charred wreckage, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. The victims' genders and ages are unknown.

    Fire officials said crews rushed to Peter O. Knight Airport just after 11:30 a.m. Friday after receiving the report of an aircraft burning on the ground. Footage from the scene captured by NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa shows smoke and flames pouring from the downed plane.

    Airport officials would not comment during when asked during a news conference Friday if more than one plane may have been involved. They did say, however, the wreckage is from only one aircraft.

    Tampa International Airport also confirmed news of the crash on Twitter, saying Peter O. Knight Airport was closed. The small airport is located on Davis Islands, located just a few minutes from downtown Tampa.

    The FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash, authorities said.

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