Two Maine men died and a third was hospitalized Saturday in a plane crash at the Mansfield Municipal Airport in Massachusetts.

Dead are the pilot, Lawrence Mann, and Cabot Squire, both of Portland. Jared Lamey, of Saco, was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he was listed as in serious condition Sunday morning.

A Mansfield, Mass. man, Matthew Kramer, was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mann and Squire were pronounced dead at the scene. Lamey and Kramer were taken to the hospitals by an emergency medical flight. Police listed the ages as in the 30s for all four.

Holly Baker of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was attempting to take off from the airport but did not gain sufficient altitude.

After calling in a mayday signal, Mann attempted to return to the airport. Baker said the Cessna 172 stalled in the run and then crashed.

Responding to a 911 call at 10:42 a.m., Mansfield police and rescue workers found the single-engine plane in rocky underbrush just short of a tree line at the airport.

Baker said the plane had taken off from Maine and stopped in Mansfield to pick up Kramer.

The FAA expects to turn the investigation over to the National Transportation and Safety Board because the accident involves fatalities.

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