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3 die in plane crash near Paris, Texas

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Federal investigators will look into a plane crash south of Paris, Texas on Saturday morning that killed three men from Utah.

The Texas Department of Public Safety told NBCDFW.com that the victims were the pilot 49-year-old Rob Thompson and passengers 50-year-old Michael Endo and 44-year-old Michael Dale Bradley.  All three men were from the Salt Lake City area.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig said the single engine turbo prop Piper PA-46 crashed shortly before 9:00 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

The FAA radar lost contact with the plane 10-miles south of Paris. Lamar County Sheriff's Deputies found the wreckage a short time later.

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The bodies of three people were found on board the aircraft, which had been completely destroyed by fire.

The deceased were taken to the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office.

According the FAA registry, the plane was registered to a company in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The aircraft's owner is Celtic Bank, Incorporated.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the scene to determine what caused the crash.

Paris, Texas is about 105 miles or a two-hour drive northeast from Dallas.