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Friday Update: Two killed in Morehouse Parish plane crash

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FRIDAY UPDATE: Investigators are back at the scene Friday morning of the plane crash that killed two men. The NTSB and the FFA have located the flight data recorder in the wreckage. Officials say it is too soon to determine the cause, but that all of the pieces of the plane are intact to aid in the investigation.

Previous Report:

OAK RIDGE La. (KNOE 8 News) - Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office confirms two people are dead after their plane crashed in Morehouse Parish Thursday morning.

Officials said 74-year-old Clarence Collins, and 28-year-old Jonathan Whitacer were flying a trainer plane when they crashed in a very desolate area, miles through crops, off of Rolfe Lane in Oak Ridge.

"Approximately 11:30 we got a phone call from Richland Parish Sheriff's Department stating that there possibly was a plane crash in Morehouse Parish. Me and several others responded to this area trying to locate the plane crash itself," said Chief Deputy of Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office, Brian Shoemaker.

According to Shoemaker, the two men flew out of an airport in Rayville early Thursday morning, and investigators believe it was for crop dust training.

But when Collins and Whitacer didn't return to Rayville, hours of searching began.

"Some people with the flying service noticed that the plane hadn't made it back yet. They went and flew there, located the plane, came to the area on foot," said Shoemaker.

And then, contacted the Sheriff's Office.

"And once we were finally navigated to the area where the plane crash was, we located the plane and found the two deceased inside the plane," said Shoemaker.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be at the crash site early Friday morning to continue the investigation.

 

 

Previous Report:

UPDATE: The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office tells KNOE 8 News that one of the victims is from the Ruston area, the other is from Dubach in Lincoln Parish. The two were in a trainer plane at the time of the crash.

The Sheriff says the two were flying out of Ruston and were training for crop dusting. When they failed to return in a timely manner another plane was dispatched and found the crash site. We are told the plane was not carrying any of the materials used for dusting crops.

The names of the victims have not been released.

 

Previous report:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Morehouse Parish Sheriff deputies are on the scene of a plane crash in Oak Ridge.

The crash happened earlier this morning in a remote area. Deputies believe the victims were a student and teacher. No names have been released.

We have crews on the way to the scene. We will update this story as we get more information.

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