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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 4:46 pm | Updated: 4:55 pm, Fri Jan 4, 2013.

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say at least three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a house while trying to land at a central Florida airport.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot reported mechanical problems shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The Beechcraft BE35, which had three people onboard, had been heading to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., but diverted to the Flagler County Airport. FAA officials didn't immediately know where the plane took off.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reports that the plane hit a Palm Coast home just east of the airport a few minutes after the pilot's call. The house caught fire, but the home's owner was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

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