Published: Jun 23, 2011 6:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 23, 2011 6:43 PM EDT

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Air Force officials say a civilian pilot and passenger died when their Aero Club Beech plane crashed near a runway at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

An Air Force safety board will investigate the crash, which happened early Thursday in in the Panhandle region in northwest Florida.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Officials at the base say the four-passenger plane was rented to the pilot through Eglin's Aero Club and that the club's planes are open to civilian pilots with proper credentials.

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