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Plane crashes at PBIA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A small airplane has crashed at Palm Beach International Airport, killing three on board, according to West Palm Beach fire-rescue officials.

One survivor has been transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Four people were reported to be on board the Piper Seminole PA-44 airplane that crashed during takeoff shortly after 6 PM. The plane was reportedly en route to Melbourne.

Fire officials have confirmed that three people are dead in the crash and the survivor was in critical condition. A West Palm Beach Fire-Rescue batallion chief said the plane had been cleared for takeoff. It appears the plane had begun its takeoff and gained some altitude when a problem developed.

Neither the airport nor the FAA could immediately identify the pilot or the passengers. Records show the plane was owned by FIT Aviation LLC, a Melbourne flight school owned by Florida Institute of Technology. FIT Aviation has 40 aircraft and has several Seminoles in its inventory.

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