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      Rudder malfunction likely to blame for Taunton plane crash

      Investigators said Monday a rudder malfunction may have been the cause of a small plane crash that killed two people in Taunton.

      Authorities said the plane crashed at Taunton Municipal Airport during takeoff shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday.

      John Schmouth, 69, of Brockton, and Roland Deslauriers, 61, of Bridgewater, were on board. Schmouth was listed as the pilot.

      Investigators said a gust lock was in place during takeoff.

      The lock keeps the rudder locked while the plane is on the ground. It should have been disengaged prior to takeoff.