Ohio plane crash on interstate inflicting casualties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - A single-engine airplane crashed onto a busy interstate north of Columbus, killing the pilot and one occupant and injuring two other passengers, the State Highway Patrol reported on Saturday.

The plane, piloted by a professional flight instructor, was attempting an emergency landing on a grassy median on Friday night, but came down in the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 about 25 miles north of Columbus, authorities said.

Two cars collided as they tried to avoid the crashed Beechcraft plane, but no one was seriously hurt.

Authorities identified those killed as pilot Noah Givets, 29, of Bexley, Ohio, and passenger Jason Dean, 22. Authorities did not say where Dean was from.

Hospitalized in serious condition in Columbus were the two other passengers, 21-year-old twin sisters, Nicole and Brooke Wilson, of Salem, Ohio, authorities said.

The plane was en route from Cleveland to Columbus when the accident occurred, officials said. The cause will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Traffic on the busy interstate was backed up for several hours as police diverted it away from the wreckage

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