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3 dead in Louisiana plane crash

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  • NEW: Aviation officials are investigating the crash, which happened in woods
  • NEW: Plane took off from Slidell and was headed to Marksville
  • Names of the two adults and teenager who died won't be released until kin is notified
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(CNN) -- A small plane crashed in dense woods in southeastern Louisiana early Saturday, killing all three people aboard, a spokesman for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Aviation officials were trying to determine the cause of the crash, which killed two adults and a teenager.

Chief Criminal Deputy Jason Ard said the trio, apparently parents and their son, had been identified but their names weren't being released because there were more relatives to notify.

The Cessna aircraft, which took off from Slidell, Louisiana, crashed just before 1 a.m. ET, near Albany, less than 40 miles to the west. The plane was headed for Marksville, northwest of Baton Rouge.

A resident in the Albany area phoned the sheriff's office shortly before midnight to report hearing a crash and that was followed by other calls, Ard said.

Controllers at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport told deputies that they were communicating with the pilot before losing contact. It was difficult to reach the crash site because of the woods, Ard said.

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