The Federal Aviation Administration says three people were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed near the Gainesville airport.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. Friday when the plane was cleared for an instrument landing at the airport and visibility was limited.

The wreckage of the plane was found short of the runway at about 7:40 a.m.

The aircraft was a Parntenavia P.38 and was registered to Robert Valle of St. Croix.

A man who answered the phone at Air Key West, a charter company whose Web site lists Valle as director of operations, declined to comment Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate the crash.

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