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Two people have died after a plane crashed near Mobile Regional Airport

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MOBILE, Alabama — Two people have died after a small plane crashed near Mobile Regional Airport.

Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner tells media outlets the plane's pilot and passenger were returning home from a charity flight late Monday night.

Air traffic control towers lost contact with the plane as it was coming in for a landing.

Authorities then responded to the report of the missing plane and began a search effort. Heavy fog hampered the search and aerial assistance was not available.

Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. He says officials created a picket line and walked in the woods during their search.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation.

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