TRUCKEE (CBS SF) – Two people were killed and another seriously injured when a small plane suffered engine problems shortly after take-off from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Tuesday morning and crashed in a field near Truckee, authorities said.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said Cal Fire has told his agency that the three people suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Placer County Sheriff said one crash victim had died at the scene while two others were transported to a local hospital.

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A second victim died of their injuries at the hospital, authorities said.

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The single engine Navion-B crashed on the west side of Highway 267 near Mercer Flats shortly before 7:40 a.m., the FAA spokesman said. The pilot was attempting to return to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport at the time of the crash.

No fire was reported at the scene of the crash.

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Gregor did not know where the plane was heading at the time of the crash.