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Small plane crashes near Chehalis, Wash., airport; 1 dead

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CHEHALIS, Washington — The police chief of the southwest Washington city of Chehalis confirms that one person has died in the crash of a small plane.

Chief Glenn Schaffer says the pilot was alone in the plane when it crashed Tuesday evening in the parking lot of an auto body collision center about a quarter mile from the Chehalis-Centralia Airport. He says no one on the ground was hurt.

The chief says the plane "pretty much disintegrated" and he didn't immediately know what type of plane it was.

Schaffer says the plane took off from the airport and made it across Interstate 5 before crashing next to some vehicles in the parking lot. Those vehicles caught fire but firefighters extinguished the flames.

No information was immediately available on the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says both the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate.

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