updated 8/22/2009 11:56:37 AM ET 2009-08-22T15:56:37

Two people were killed when a biplane crashed near a football scrimmage at an Ohio high school, authorities said.

The single-engine plane took off Friday night from West Harrison Airport, and crashed within minutes, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said. Sgt. Clint Arnold said it wasn't immediately known if the plane lost power.

The pilot and a female passenger died in the crash near McNicholas High School in Harrison, officials said.

Ed Meyer said he witnessed the plane go down as he was watching his son play football. He says "it was so sad to see, but there was nothing you could do."

The names of the deceased have not been released.

An investigation is ongoing with the National Transportation and Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

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