MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small plane crashed near a Tennessee airport Tuesday, killing two people and seriously injuring another.

The Federal Aviation Administration said three people were aboard a single-engine Piper PA-28 airplane that crashed near Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville on Tuesday afternoon.

The plane took off from the airport and crashed in a nearby field, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. A witness told investigators that the plane appeared to be trying to return to the airport when it crashed.

The identities of the two people who were killed were not immediately released. The third person on the plane suffered serious injuries, Knudson said.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

McMinnville is located about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northeast of Nashville.