The pilot of a small plane died when the plane crashed after taking off at Sterling Airport in Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The small plane went down in a wooded area near the airport, Massachusetts state police said as they raced to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a Cessna 177 crashed after departing from Runway 16 at Sterling Airport around 2:30 p.m. They said the plane clipped trees and came to rest in a swampy area about 100 yards north of the runway.
The pilot was the only person on board, the FAA said.
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The Worcester County District Attorney's Office said that the pilot died. He was the only person on board.
The incident is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.