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At least 1 dead when small plane crashes in Ind.

GARY, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities say at least one person has died after a small plane crashed into a wooded area about a mile south of the Gary airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the number of people dying in the crash is "in flux" after earlier stating the plane carried only one person and that person had died.

She said the single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed south of the Gary/Chicago International Airport after departing Smyrna, Tenn., Wednesday morning.

Gary police spokesman Commander Shawn Jones says the plane crashed in a wooded area about 400 to 500 yards from the nearest structure.

The FAA says the plane is registered to Gandy AIR LLC in St. Augustine, Fla. A phone call to the business rang unanswered Wednesday afternoon.

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