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Official: Cargo plane bound for St. Maarten crashed in Puerto Rico, killing 2 crew
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ' A cargo plane loaded with bread crashed in a lagoon near Puerto Rico's international airport on Thursday, killing both crew members, authorities said.
The plane identified as a Convair 440 had just taken off when the pilot told air traffic control that the plane was having engine trouble, said Juan Rivera, spokesman for the Luiz Munoz Marin airport. It was returning to the airport when it crashed, killing both people aboard, Rivera said. Officials earlier said three had died.
The plane was operated by Florida-based Jet One Express and was bound for the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Calls to the company went unanswered.
The plane would make about 15 trips a week to deliver bread to several Caribbean islands, said Arnaldo de Leo, airport manager. It was carrying 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of bread when it crashed, he said.
(This version CORRECTS that 2 instead of 3 died.)