HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Officials have confirmed two bodies were found following the discovery of an Owensboro plane that crashed in Ohio County.
During a press conference, Trooper Corey King confirmed Kentucky State Police were contacted by the FAA around 11 p.m. on Wednesday about a missing four passenger plane with two people known to be on board.
Trooper King said the two occupants of the plane a student pilot and an instructor from Eagle Flight Academy who were returning to Owensboro from Bowling Green. The FAA said the plane was last seen around Whitesville.
The Ohio County Coroner confirmed the identity of the two killed in the crash as pilot Timothy McKellar Jr, 22, of Custer and flight student Connor W. Quisenberry, 18, of Beaver Dam.
Authorities believe severe weather in the area played a role in the crash. During the time of the crash there was a severe thunderstorm warning for the area.
According to a news conference, the left wing of the missing plane and some mechanical parts were found in Ohio County, after a patch of white was spotted from the air using drones. The debris field was located around 9 a.m., according to Trooper King.
Daviess County Sheriff Youngman, say that papers and charts that they had previously found were not close to the wing that was found.
Kentucky State Police, the Ohio County Coroner, NTSB and the FAA are investigating.
This is a developing story.