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New Mexico State Police: Plane crashes at Las Cruces Airport; Pilot from El Paso, Texas killed


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing a Texas man who was the pilot.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez says the single-seat, propeller-driven aircraft went down about 1:15 p.m. Monday.

He says the pilot was 29-year-old Lawrence Francis of El Paso, Texas.

Francis died at the crash scene from his injuries.

According to witness' statements, police say the plane's engine was cutting in and out prior to the crash.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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