- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Friday from an airstrip at the posh Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania, killing two people and injuring a third, authorities said.

The Beechcraft BE36, with three people on board, crashed about a half mile from the airfield, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

It came down in a private residential area bordering the resort, according to a statement from Nemacolin.

Fayette County dispatch supervisor Jodie Victor said a report of the crash came in about 2:20 p.m. from the resort, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. He said emergency personnel at the scene reported two people had died and one was being flown to a hospital for treatment.

The resort was built by 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy, and includes a golf course, luxury hotel, casino and an airfield. It has a 3,800-foot runway, suitable for smaller planes, according to the resort’s website.

The identities of those on board were not immediately released.

Farmington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian VanSickle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he saw the woods fill with smoke. He had been deer hunting with four other firefighters.

“It did sound like it had an engine malfunction,” VanSickle said of the plane.

Every aircraft has a tail number, akin to a license plate number, that identifies the owner of the plane.

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