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NTSB looking into crashes that killed 10 people in 4 states

Three of the crashes involved small planes and one a helicopter, authorities said. File Photo courtesy NTSB/UPI
Three of the crashes involved small planes and one a helicopter, authorities said. File Photo courtesy NTSB/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has started investigating multiple aircraft crashes that killed nearly a dozen people in four states over the weekend, officials said.

There were three plane crashes -- in Kokomo, Ind., Hilltop, Texas, and Zeeland, Mich. -- and one helicopter crash in Red Bud, Ill. Ten people died in the crashes.

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In the Indiana crash, three people died in a Piper PA-32 near the Glendale Airport.

Howard County Sheriff's Department Capt. Jordan Buckley said local officials will cooperate with the NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration on the investigation.

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While the crash happened during a celebration called Glendale Days, officials said they weren't sure if the downed plane was connected with the event.

In Texas, two Louisiana couples died when a Piper PA-46 crashed.

Officials identified the victims as Kenneth Hix, 59; his wife Missy Lynn Hix, 59; Philip Ackel, 59; and his wife Pauline Ackel, 58.

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Authorities said the plane attempted to make an emergency landing near the Hilltop Lakes Airport Sunday.

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In Michigan, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said two people died when a Vans RV-9 aircraft crashed after takeoff Saturday, just south of I-196.

The victims were identified as Dale Deweese, 61, and Joyce Deweese, 59.

In Illinois, police said a man was killed when a Safari Rotorcraft helicopter crashed Saturday. Officials said the two-seat chopper collided with a storage facility.

Witnesses said they saw the helicopter make a circle before crashing into the facility and catching fire.

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