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Mangione musicians killed in plane crash

Mangione musicians killed in plane crash
NYP99031206 - 11 MARCH 1999 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Jazz legend Chuck Mangione cradles his horn and smiles with satisfaction after just having enthralled the crowd at Madison Square Garden with his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner preceding the New York Knicks Victory over the Washington Wizards 98-86 on March 11. iw/Ralph Ginzburg UPI | License Photo

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Two members of Chuck Mangione's band were killed Thursday night in the commuter plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., said the jazz musician's publicist.

Mangione's representative told TMZ that band members Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett were among the 50 people killed when the flight from Newark, N.J., crashed into a house near Buffalo.

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"I'm in shock over the horrible, heartbreaking tragedy," Mangione said in a statement released to TMZ through his publicist.

The musicians were headed to a gig in Buffalo scheduled for Friday night; in light of the tragedy, the show has been canceled, TMZ said.

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