Published: Mar 16, 2011 8:35 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 16, 2011 5:35 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif.- A plane crash at Long Beach airport killed five people and injured a sixth on Wednesday, authorities said. Airport director Mario Rodriguez said the six people were aboard the Beechcraft King Air craft. Five people were pronounced dead at the scene, and one man was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries, he said.

The plane crashed and burned during a takeoff at about 10:30 a.m., Long Beach fire spokesman Steve Yamamoto said.

Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was departing for Salt Lake City when it went down.

The front half of the plane and its wings came to rest on a grass median between two runaways. The plane left a scorched trail dozens of feet long as it apparently plowed through the grass.

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