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Small plane crash in Southeast Michigan kills three

DETROIT (Reuters) - A single-engine airplane crashed on Tuesday in southeastern Michigan, killing all three people aboard, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The airplane went down at about 4 p.m. near Custer Airport just outside Monroe, Michigan, in an open area of Munson Park near playing fields and homes, Monroe Mayor Robert Clark said. No other injuries were reported, he said.

The airplane's three occupants were from the Toledo area, Clark said. He said the names of the occupants were not being released yet. Monroe is about 20 miles north of Toledo, Ohio, on Lake Erie.

The Piper Malibu's destination or point of departure were not immediately known, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

FAA records showed the aircraft was manufactured in 2006 and registered to Triple F Aviation LLC of Monroe.

The airplane left Bedford County Airport in Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh just before 2:30 p.m., according to the FlightAware.com flight tracking website. It flew earlier Tuesday to Bedford from Toledo Suburban Airport.

(Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Steve Gorman and Jerry Norton)

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