SHIRLEY - Officials say that takeoff speed was a factor in the Shirley plane crash that occurred in August.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane's engine was working properly at the time of the crash. A report released Saturday says the plane's takeoff speed was too slow.

The single-engine plane only climbed to 3,000 feet before descending and hitting a tree in a residential area. The August 19 crash killed two of the three people aboard.

AP Wire services were used in this report.

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