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10/20/04-Kirksville, MO

Commuter Plane Crash

In Kirksville, Missouri this morning, investigators are trying to find out why a commuter plane crashed last night, killing at least eight of the fifteen people on board.

Emergency crews are searching through woods and open fields today, looking for five of the passengers who are still unaccounted for. Authorities say they were amazed to find two other passengers still alive with relatively minor injuries.

The Jetstream 32 twin turboprop went down shortly before 8 o'clock last night just four miles south of the airport where it was scheduled to land. Rescue workers rushed to the fiery scene and found pieces of the aircraft scattered among trees and brush.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's not clear if weather was a factor in the crash.

The jet is owned by Corporate Airlines, which began running commuter routes for American Airlines in 1996.

The pilot and co-pilot were both killed in the crash. Authorities say they did recover the flight data recorder which may offer important clues into what caused the plane to go down.

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