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USDA-Chartered Plane Crashes Into Central Pa. Home, 3 Dead

June 21: The small plane chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed near a central Pennsylvania neighborhood. (AP)

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A small plane chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed into a central Pennsylvania neighborhood Monday, killing three people aboard, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Cessna 210 was on final approach to Lock Haven's William T. Piper Memorial Airport when it went down west of the runway at about 1 p.m. Monday, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. The plane struck a utility pole, a house and three vehicles, but there are no reports of injuries on the ground, he said.

The plane was owned by a Colorado firm and had been chartered by the USDA, Peters said. Officials did not yet know where it was coming from, its final destination or whether more than three people were aboard, he said.

Calls to the Lock Haven fire administrator and the Clinton County coroner were not immediately returned.

The registered owner, Wings and Wheels 2LLC of the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., did not immediately return a call seeking comment.