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3 people confirmed dead after plane crash in Amarillo

The investigation begins into a plane crash that left three people dead in Amarillo, Texas, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (KVII/Steve Douglass)

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) - Three people are dead following an early Saturday morning plane crash near the Amarillo airport.

Emergency crews responded to the crash in the overnight hours near I-40 and Pullman Road. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash happened at 12:30 a.m.

Rico Aviation, an air ambulance service, posted on its Facebook page just before 4 a.m. confirming three of its crew members had been killed in the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane had just left the airport and was bound for Clovis, New Mexico.

Emergency crews on scene Saturday tell ABC 7 News the plane took off in severe weather.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating. NTSB investigators flew in from Washington D.C. on Saturday.

The FAA says it may take weeks to months to investigate.

The NTSB says the aircraft was a Pilatus PC-12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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