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Two Dead After Plane Crashes Into House Near Poughkeepsie

The area where a plane crashed Saturday.
The area where a plane crashed Saturday.

New York state police say a plane crashed into a home near Poughkeepsie, setting a massive fire and killing one resident and one person on the aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why the Cessna 303 plunged Saturday afternoon in Union Vale, 15 miles southeast of Poughkeepsie.

State police spokesman Steven Nevel says three men were on the plane; one died, two sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Police have tentatively identified the man who died as the aircraft's pilot, 61-year-old Francisco Knipping-Diaz of Woodemere, New York. 

Of three people in the home, state police say one died, another was seriously hurt and the third is missing. Two puppies and a grown dog escaped the flames that engulfed the house.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna was traveling between Republic Airport on Long Island and Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville.

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