Small plane had just taken off before crashing south of Denver

DENVER - A small plane that crashed in an empty field near a shopping center south of Denver had just taken off from a nearby commuter airport.

The one person aboard was killed in Saturday's crash. No injuries on the ground were reported.

Centennial Airport spokeswoman Deborah Smith says the pilot of the craft had been in touch with the tower shortly before taking off from the airport at about 2:30 p.m. The crash was minutes later. Smith said the airport could release no further information because the investigation was still underway.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane was a Sonerai, a type of aircraft hobbyists build in their own workshops. Kenitzer says the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

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