PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A pilot died Monday when a single-engine plane crashed and burned near Porterville Municipal Airport in California's Central Valley, authorities said.

The plane had taken off from the airport and went down at around 2:30 p.m. in a field near one end of the runway, authorities said.

The aircraft was incinerated.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which will investigate, identified the aircraft as a Vans RV6A. That is a small. single-passenger kit-built plane.

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