Small plane crash causes wildfire in Duette, Florida
PUBLISHED Sat, March 04, 2017 - 3:53pm EST
A small plane carrying several people has crashed in a wooded area off State Road 37 near Duette in Manatee County, causing a large wildfire that is continuing to burn in the area, local and federal officials say. (more)
The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday when a Hawker Beechcraft BE-60 aircraft went down off State Road 37, just north of State Road 62. A brush fire erupted at the scene and thick clouds of smoke were seen billowing from the area.
"The plane is badly damaged and, at this time, it's unknown how many passengers were on the twin engine plane," the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "The crash caused a wildfire in the area and State Road 37 near State Road 62 is closed."
Initial reports indicate that at least two people have been killed, but it was not immediately known whether anyone else was on board the aircraft, which was capable of carrying up to 6 people. It is also unknown where the plane originated or where it was flying to.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.
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