Authorities say a pilot and his son are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in southern New Mexico. State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen says the crash occurred shortly after 10 pm yesterday at the airport in Ruidoso, about 225 kilometres northeast of El Paso, Texas. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the Beechcraft King Air was en route to Abilene, Texas.
Christiansen identified the pilot as 39-year-old Justin King and 13-year-old Hayden King of Ruidoso. The cause of the wreck is not clear. The FAA says the plane burned upon impact. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.
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