Firefighting plane crashes near Reno airport

RENO " A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says a firefighting aircraft has crashed at Reno's Stead Airport, killing everyone on board.

The twin-engine air tanker crashed just after its 6:11 p.m. takeoff about a half-mile from the runway, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. Preliminary reports from witnesses suggest the tanker lost a piece of its engine or a wing before it caught fire and went down, Gregor says.

The airplane was carrying two or three people, and there were no survivors from the crash, he says.

It was not immediately known who owned the aircraft or where it was headed, Gregor says.

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