2 dead after plane crashes in Merritt Island neighborhood

Identities of victims haven't been released

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A small plane that crashed into a Merritt Island back yard killed two people.

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - Two people are dead after their small plane crashed into a central Florida neighborhood.

The plane crashed into a back yard in Merritt Island about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Brevard County Sheriff's Office Lt. Alex Herrera says both people on board the plane were dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

Colton Primeaux watched the plane crash into his neighbor's yard. He says he heard the plane backfire and sputter as it approached the ground.

The crash occurred about three miles from the Merritt Island airport. It wasn't clear whether the plane had taken off or was landing.

Officials have not released the names of the victims.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to visit the site Tuesday.

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