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Six killed in Guatemala air crash

GUATEMALA CITY -- At least six people have been killed after a small commercial airplane crashed near Guatemala's international airport.

The Aurora airport was closed following Tuesday's crash, which happened as the aircraft, which had 13 passengers on board, took off.

The airplane had just begun to lift off the runway about 8 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) when it plunged back to the ground.

The cause is being investigated.

The airplane was heading for Honduras, Mario Sosa, national Civil Aeronautics director, said in a live local radio interview.

Sosa said six people died.

Emilio Najera, spokesman for the volunteer firefighters, said four people were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.

None of the victims have been identified.

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