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Two Killed In Small Plane Crash Near I-93

Sam Evans-Brown, NHPR

New Hampshire State Police say there's been a plane crash near Interstate 93 in Hooksett.  The state's Department of Safety confirms that two people have died, a man and a woman. 

State Police have identified the victims as Herman and Doris Hassinger, both age 83, of Rhode Island.

Herman Hassinger was ejected from the plane, and landed in the woods near the side of the highway.  Doris Hassinger was found still inside the craft.

Police say the small plane may have hit a light pole alongside I-93 northbound, sending it crashing into the woods next to the highway.

Bill Boynton at the Department of Transportation says the plane came to rest on the shoulder area next to the guard rail at 1:15 p.m today.  The wreck is visible from the highway.

Area of accident site

"It's in the area of exit 10, mile marker 26.2, and northbound traffic is being impacted with 2 of three lanes in that location closed at this point."

Boynton says FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are going to be in charge of the investigation.

The medical examiner is now on the scene.

Police say they do not know why the plane was flying so low as to hit the pole.

The 1974 Beech A36 Fixed Wing Single-Engine is registered to Herman Hassinger Architects out of Block Island, Rhode Island. 

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