Small plane crashes into river in Maine town

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — A small plane crashed into a river in a small town in Maine shortly after takeoff Tuesday, but the two men on board escaped injury.

The plane went down in the Kennebec River near Main Street in Bingham, a town of about 900 residents, around 3 p.m., federal and county officials said.

The 1979 Beechcraft had just taken off from Gadabout Gaddis Airport, a small airport near the river, State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said. It was unable to get enough altitude and crashed into about 3 feet of water.

The two men aboard, owner Ray Ayer, 59, of Monmouth, and Paul Householder, 54, of Wayne, were unhurt, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause, McCausland said.

Bingham is in central Maine about 100 miles north of Portland.

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