Pilot of small plane dies in crash at Front Range Airport

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A small plane crashed and burned at Front Range Airport Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot.

Airport officials said the plane went down just off Runway 26 around 2 p.m. and burst into flames upon impact.

The plane appeared to be completely burned.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash, which happened just after the plane took off. 

The pilot had requested to to "touch-and-go" landings and takeoffs at the airport, officials said. The tower also received a second, garbled, transmission before the crash, said Dennis Heap, Aviation Director at the airport. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a replica of an RAF SE5a, a World War I-era British warplane.

Front Range Airport is located in Adams County, southeast of Denver International Airport, at 6500 Manila Rd.

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