Offcials say a plane crashed Monday morning shortly after taking off. The flight was seen going down in Colonie, New York, after witnesses told authorities they saw the plane spinning in the air. CBS is reporting the crash claimed the life of the pilot, who was the only person on board at the time.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, including offcials from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, reports PIX11.

Small Plane Crash in New York State Claims Life of Pilot 

An Albany International Airport spokesperson told CBS that the plane was a privately owned a twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo based out of Canada. WNYT says the flight was heading to Montreal Monday morning around 8:15, when it went down just minutes after leaving the airport.

Colonie Police said the plane had experienced engine trouble before crashing.

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CBS says streets and other areas near the crash were shut down Monday, as investigators searched through pieces of the plane. WNYT says a woman walking her dog was struck by debris from the crash, though she only had minor injuries and refused to go to the hospital.

The name of the woman who was piloting the plane is currently being withheld.

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Small Plane Crashed on Highway in Suffolk County 

Earlier this year, ABC had reported that a single-engine plane crashed on the Southern State Parkway. The small plane, which ABC says was a Piper PA-28, landed on Route 109 in East Farmingdale, Long Island.

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ABC says that the flight took off from Republic Airport just before 10 AM, but was seen flying very low in the sky while trying to return to the airport. The pilot had reported engine failure, reports ABC7.

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