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Man dies after stealing, crashing small plane in Ontario

Police say a man who stole a small plane from a rural airport in the Greater Toronto Area has died after crashing the aircraft onto a busy commercial street in southern Ontario.

Police in Peterborough located about 86 miles (140 kilometers) east of Toronto, said Friday that the man in his 20s was the only person in the Piper aircraft when it went down after 1 a.m. (0500 GMT).

Inspector Lynne Buehler says the man is believed to have stolen the small plane sometime on Thursday night.

She says the man was found dead by emergency crews who responded to the crash site, located near a mall in Peterborough. Police have not released his name.

Buehler says it's not yet clear if the man had a pilot's license.