Twin-Engine Cargo Plane Crashes on Takeoff in Massachusetts

A twin-engine cargo plane crashed on takeoff at Barnstable Municipal Airport on Wednesday, killing the pilot, who was the only person on board.

The DeHavilland C6 turboprop belonging to Wiggins Airways crashed about 500 feet down a runway about 10 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlence Salac said.

The plane's destination and other information including the pilot's identity were not immediately available.

The airport was temporarily closed after the crash, and federal investigators planned to head there to try to determine the cause, Salac said.

The plane entered service in 1967, according to an FAA database. The records do not list any prior accidents or other incidents involving the plane.

A spokeswoman for Wiggins Airways declined to comment. The Manchester, N.H.-based cargo carrier's Web site says it owns and operates one DeHavilland C6 Twin Otter — the type that crashed — along with 11 other planes in support of United Parcel Service cargo deliveries.

Wiggins also is a feeder operator for FedEx, operating 31 additional planes throughout the Northeast and Canada. The employee-owned company was founded in 1929 and has 165 employees.