RICHMOND HEIGHTS (AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out why a plane crashed just after takeoff from a regional airport outside of Cleveland, killing the four people aboard.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the Cessna 172R crashed at about 10 p.m. Monday after taking off from the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, about 15 miles northeast of Cleveland.
The patrol says the plane began its ascent, then crashed outside the airport and burst into flames. The occupants were trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.
It was not immediately known where the plane was headed. The names of those on board have not been released.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board asked local authorities to secure the scene for their investigators.