GILFORD, N.H. (AP) – A South Portland pilot died after a single-engine plane crashed on the grounds of a New Hampshire resort.

Witnesses said the Cessna 177 hit two trees at the Margate Resort in Gilford, then came down in a parking lot at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, shortly after taking off from nearby Laconia.

A Federal Aviation Administration official told WCSH-TV that the pilot was Stephen Cardelli, 50, who had recently bought the airplane. He was flying alone.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said no one on the ground was injured. The crash is being investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

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