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2 killed in Okla. plane crash

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. —A small plane crashed near a tiny private airstrip in northeastern Oklahoma, killing two people onboard, authorities said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said the crash occurred just before 10 a.m. Saturday near Airman Acres Airport. Brown said the plane took off and that witnesses heard an engine stall a short time later.

He said it appeared the pilot tried to land on the dirt airstrip at Airman Acres, but the plane crashed in a nearby field and caught fire.

A man and a woman died in the crash but their identities have not yet been released, Brown said.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth, Texas, said the plane was an RV-4. The fixed-wing, single-engine plane is constructed from a kit, according to the manufacturer's website.

Sandstone arch in Nevada park collapses

LAS VEGAS — A prominent sandstone arch at Valley of Fire State Park in southern Nevada has collapsed.

Park rangers said it appears Natural Arch was claimed by forces that will eventually destroy about 300 others in the park: gravity and erosion.

They said horseback riders notified them about the damage Wednesday, and no one has reported seeing it fall. While it's unclear exactly why and when the arch collapsed, there's no evidence of vandalism, rangers added.

The arch is along the Natural Arch Trail near the park's east entrance. Standing on a rock formation about 40 feet off the ground, the arch was nearly 6 feet tall and 5 feet across.

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