2 reported dead in small plane crash in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans authorities say a small plane has crashed in the city, killing two people.

The city said on its “Nola Ready” website that firefighters, emergency medical services and police responded to the crash Friday afternoon. It says two fatalities were confirmed.

The plane went down near Lakefront Airport, which accommodates smaller aircraft.

New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collins Arnold told reporters the plane crashed about 3 p.m., causing a fire.

He did not release the victims’ identities and could not confirm the type of plane involved, or whether there were reports of engine failure. He said those details would be part of the investigation.

The FAA sent inspectors to the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board representative was expected Saturday.

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