- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on a plane crash in Houston that killed three people (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says a small plane that crashed into a car in a parking lot near a Houston airport, killing three people aboard the aircraft, likely stalled before plummeting to the ground.

Tom Latson with the NTSB says officials are still investigating what caused Thursday’s crash.

NTSB officials say the plane took off from Norman, Oklahoma, and was trying to land at Houston’s Hobby Airport when a traffic controller told the pilot the plane was too high and asked it to go around.

During the second attempt to land, the traffic controller determined the plane was still too high and asked it to again go around. NTSB officials say the plane made a turn to the left and then took a nose dive into the parking lot.

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5:20 p.m.

A woman who was in her resale shop near where a small plane crashed in Houston, killing three people, says the deadly incident sounded like a bomb.

Susan Conklin says she was in her business Thursday when she heard “a great big loud noise, like a bomb and a real screechy noise.”

Conklin says she ran out of her store and saw the plane in the parking lot of a nearby hardware store.

Fire officials say three people in the plane died in the crash that happened shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. No other injuries were reported.

Conklin says people didn’t immediately rush to the plane over concern it might explode.

Television news footage showed the plane narrowly missed hitting a couple of propane tanks in the hardware store parking lot.

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2:20 p.m.

Fire officials say three people were killed after a small plane crashed into a car in a parking lot near a Houston airport.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans says the plane crashed shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday into a car that was parked at a hardware store near Hobby Airport.

Fire Capt. Ruy Lozano (ROO’-ee) says officials believe the three people killed in the accident were on the plane. No one was in the parked car that was hit by the plane.

Lozano says he doesn’t know if the plane had taken off or was trying to land at the airport.

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