RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A pilot is dead after a small plane crashed and caught fire following takeoff from Red Bluff Municipal Airport. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports the light-sport aircraft went up 50 to 75 feet before plunging to the ground around 9:50 a.m. Monday. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the airport was closed pending an investigation. FAA records show the aircraft was registered to a new owner on July 12 from Durham. The operator of Red Bluff airport said the owner was scheduled to fly the plane to Chico Municipal Airport, where he acquired hangar space.