Ten people were killed when a small airplane crashed into a hangar as it was taking off from a Dallas-area airport Sunday morning, says a spokeswoman for the town of Addison, Texas. Mary Rosenbleeth says no one aboard the twin-engine plane survived at the Addison Municipal Airport, about 20 miles north of Dallas, the AP reports. The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air hit an unoccupied hangar soon after 9am, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency said that the blaze destroyed the plane but could not confirm how many people were aboard Sunday evening. Video showed black smoke billowing from the building and a gaping hole in the hangar. Officials have not released the identities of the people who died.
The plane crashed during takeoff and the resulting fire was quickly extinguished, said Edward Martelle, a spokesman for the town immediately north of Dallas. Dallas County is helping the city of Addison set up a family assistance center for people affected by the crash, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says. "It's a very sad day for Dallas County," he tells the Dallas Morning News. "My prayers are with the families we're notifying about this tragedy." Addison fire spokesman Edward Martelle says the plane was taking off at the south end of the airport and had just lifted off the runway when it veered left, dropped its left wing, and went into the hangar. The fire department had extinguished the fire and all hot spots at the hangar by early afternoon.
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