Ten people killed after private plane crashes into Texas hangar

TEXAS (REUTERS) - Ten people were killed on Sunday (June 30) when their private turboprop airplane crashed into a hangar during take-off and burst into flames at the municipal airport in Addison, Texas, outside Dallas, an airport official said.

The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air was destroyed by fire from the crash, according to Ms Darci Neuzil, deputy director of Addison Airport, a general aviation facility located about 17km north of downtown Dallas.

She said the plane had been headed for Florida when it took off at about 9am local time. Nobody on the ground was reported hurt, Ms Neuzil added.

The plane had just lifted off the runway at the south end of the airport when it veered left, dropped its left wing and slammed into the hangar, the Dallas Morning News reported online, citing Addison fire department spokesman Edward Martelle.

There were no survivors among the 10 people who were aboard the aircraft, Ms Neuzil said. Their identities were being kept confidential as the authorities work to notify their next of kin.

"It's a very sad day for Dallas County," local judge Clay Jenkins told the Dallas Morning News, which reported that the plane had been en route to St. Petersburg, Florida. "My prayers are with the families we're notifying about this tragedy."

There was no official word on the cause of the crash. CBS News, citing unnamed sources, reported that the plane lost an engine on take-off.

Video footage of the immediate aftermath showed flames and heavy, dark smoke billowing from the hangar, which according to local media was unoccupied at the time. Photos posted online showed a large gash in the side of the building.

Investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board were due to arrive on the scene later in the day, Ms Neuzil told Reuters.

No further details about the circumstances of the crash were immediately available, she said.