Three planes crash in United States

Three planes crashed in separate incidents in Louisiana, New York and North Carolina Saturday.

Five people died in the crash in Louisiana and at least eight were injured in the three crashes.

All three crashes involved smaller sized aircraft.

A Piper PA-31T was headed to Atlanta for a college football playoff game when it crashed near Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana.

Five people died in the crash, the sixth person on board survived the crash, Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit said.

Three people were injured on the ground, two of whom were treated for smoke inhalation and are doing fine, Benoit added.

Four people were injured when a small plane crashed in a parking lot across from Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina.

The plane crashed as it was taking off about a quarter-mile east of the airport.

Only the pilot was aboard the Mooney M20R aircraft when it crashed into a wooded area of East Farmingdale, Long Island, authorities said.

The crash took place about 1 mile south of the runway at Republic Airport.

The pilot was on the final approach when the crash occurred. The status of the pilot remains unknown.

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