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Two seriously injured after plane crash in Falmouth, officials say

Two people aboard a small plane that crashed in Falmouth on Friday afternoon have been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The plane, a single-engine Mooney M20J, crashed short of Runway 25 at Falmouth Airpark around 3:10 p.m., according to Eva Lee Ngai, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Falmouth police and fire departments could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday evening.

Fire Chief Timothy Smith told WCVB-TV that the two people were trapped on board, and had to be removed by first responders. One person was flown to a Boston-area hospital and one was taken to Falmouth Hospital.

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Their conditions were not known.

Smith said the plane did not catch fire, though firefighters did respond to a fuel leak at the scene.

Falmouth police said in a Facebook post that they were also responding to the scene, and asked the public to “stay clear from the area.”

The incident is under investigation by the FAA, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, she said.

The plane is registered to a Candace J. Oldham of East Falmouth, according to FAA records.

According to online flight records, the aircraft took off from Falmouth Airpark at 11:07 a.m., landing at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport near Springfield at 11:56 a.m. It took off from Westfield-Barnes at 2:22 p.m. on a return flight.

Falmouth Airpark declined to comment on the crash.

This breaking news story will be updated if more information becomes available.



Camilo Fonseca can be reached at camilo.fonseca@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @fonseca_esq.