updated 7/25/2004 11:49:00 PM ET 2004-07-26T03:49:00

A small plane crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames Sunday, killing two men and two boys, authorities said.

The single-engine propeller plane crashed about 4:15 p.m. at New Garden Airport, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia in Chester County, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

Peters said the Piper Arrow PA28 had been performing touch-and-go landings, in which a plane touches down on the runway and immediately takes off again.

“When he was departing, he struck the left side of the hangar on the last touch-and-go he attempted,” Peters said.

The fire destroyed the plane and several parked cars and charred the side of the hangar.

The National Transportation Safety Board had been called to the scene to investigate.

“Since it is a non-towered airport, we have no air traffic control tapes,” Peters said.

New Garden Township police Lt. Kevin McCarthy said the victims were two men, ages 38 and 45, and two boys, ages 8 and 12. Their names were not immediately released pending notification of their families. They were believed to be related.

New Garden Aviation did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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