Two confirmed dead in plane crash

BEVERLY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol late Sunday night said two people were confirmed dead from a plane crash north of Beverly on Saturday.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, according to the highway patrol.

The accident is believed to have occurred between 10:36 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the patrol said. The plane was reported missing by a flight service at 12:03 p.m. and the last contact with the plane was at 10:36 a.m., the patrol said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted in contacting local airports for the missing plane, the patrol said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation and the Civil Air Patrol located the crash scene at an abandoned retention pond, the patrol said. Beverly Fire and EMS and the Little Hocking Dive Team found a large debris field under the water, the patrol said.

Washington County Coroner Ken Leopold confirmed the death of two people, the patrol said. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the remains of an unidentified man and woman were recovered from a retention pond north of Beverly.

Brock’s Towing was at the site removing debris from the pond, the patrol said. The Red Cross provided food and water to responders, the patrol said.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

The West Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, which conducted a search, reported the airplane was flying from Logansport-Cass County Airport in Indiana, north of Indianapolis, when radar contact was lost. The plane was flying to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

Debris possibly from the plane was found by the Civil Air Patrol near the pond.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the plane was flying to Florida.