HENDERSON, Ky. (KT) - State and federal authorities are investigating the crash of a small private plane here early Wednesday morning that left two people dead.
Kentucky State Police at the Henderson Post say they were called around 7:40 a.m. CDT, regarding a crash at the Henderson City-Henderson County Airport, with two people inside.
Investigators believe the small airplane crashed about 50 yards off the side of the runway leaving a very minimal to no debris field. Investigators speculate the plane crashed late Tuesday night or sometime early Wednesday morning.
The runway was temporarily shut down as investigators with KSP, FAA and NTSB work to establish more information.
State police say It is still too early to make a positive identification on the two victims, but an autopsy is scheduled Thursday at the state lab in Madisonville to further assist in the investigation.
Henderson County Coroner Bruce Farmer told the Henderson Gleaner that neither the plane nor those on board are believed to be from the Tri-State area, and that the two men found dead inside the plane are believed to have died on impact.
"There are no apparent skid marks or anything like that," Farmer said. The plane "was driven into the ground" with no debris field evident at the crash scene.
No one else was injured nor was any property damage reported.
KSP troopers were assisted by Henderson County Coroner’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Henderson County Emergency Management, Henderson County Rescue Squad, Henderson City Fire Department and Smith Mills Vol. Fire Department.