Plane crashes in Beverly, officials said.
BEVERLY — Crews have found occupants of a plane that crashed at a retention pond Saturday at a former power plant in Beverly, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.
The number of people recovered was unavailable late Saturday night. The type of plane also was unavailable.
A county coroner was dispatched to the power plant located along the Muskingum River, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, who earlier said at least a pilot and a passenger were on board the plane.
The plane was flying from the Indianapolis area to Florida and was going to stop at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport in Wood County, Mincks said.
An Ohio Highway Patrol airplane found debris at the retention pond, a wing, and a visual sighting from a boat launched by the Beverly-Waterford emergency squad found a plane was in the water, Mincks said.
Divers from Little Hocking were at the scene Saturday night searching the water, Mincks said. Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the plane crash, he said.
The West Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol reported the airplane was flying from Logansport-Cass County Airport in Indiana, north of Indianapolis, when radar contact was lost at 9:43 a.m.
Assistance from the West Virginia Wing was requested by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, a release from Lt. Col. Jeffery Schrock, public affairs officer for the West Virginia Wing.
A nearby Civil Air Patrol crew was getting ready for a training sortie and alerted to perform a search of the route from the last known radar position, the release said.
“We were the closest,” Schrock said.
At 2:33 p.m. the Civil Air Patrol crew made a find at the pond of the former plant. The coal-fired power plant was shut down by American Electric Power about two years ago and the property sold to Commercial Liability Partners LLC, redevelopment company from Missouri, which is demolishing the facilities,
Also on scene are units from the Marietta Ohio Fire Department and the Ohio Highway Patrol.