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Rhode Island pilot killed in small plane crash in Florida

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Rhode Island man died when his single-engine plane flipped and crashed as it tried to land at a Florida airport.

Clearwater Public Safety spokesman Rob Shaw said 44-year-old James R. Fink of Exeter, Rhode Island, tried to land his 2007 Cirrus fixed-wing aircraft Friday evening at Clearwater Airpark.

Shaw said the plane came to rest upside down on the runway after it flipped and crashed. The runway remained closed Saturday morning as airport officials waited for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Shaw said Fink had flown to Clearwater for a business conference. No one else was in the plane, and no injuries on the ground were reported.

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