WAPPINGER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities said a small plane crashed and burned near Dutchess County Airport in the Hudson Valley, killing two people.

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Hughes said the plane went down at around noon Tuesday in a field just south of the county airport in Wappinger, about 65 miles north of New York City.

Arlene Salac of the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Cessna 172 was practicing touch-and-go landings and was approaching a runway when it crashed.

The plane is registered to Millbrook Flight LLC of nearby Poughquag.

Salac spoke with 1010 WINS Tuesday afternoon and said FAA flight standards inspectors from Teterboro Airport were at the scene investigating.

“The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be the final agency that conducts the investigation to determine the cause of the accident,” she said.

Salac also mentioned that investigators had reports of a fire on the aircraft following the crash.

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