Two individuals had been killed when a twin-engine aircraft crashed Tuesday morning right into a automotive dealership lot simply exterior the southeastern Ohio metropolis of Marietta, officers mentioned.
The 1974 Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed within the car parking zone of a Pioneer Buick GMC dealership, killing the pilot and the aircraft’s solely different occupant, Ohio State Freeway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis instructed reporters.
The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m., and the aircraft was headed from Columbus to Parkersburg, West Virginia, simply miles from the crash web site, Flightradar24 knowledge signifies. The aircraft took off from John Glenn Columbus Worldwide Airport round 6:35 a.m., Dennis mentioned.
Nobody exterior the aircraft was injured, Dennis mentioned. The aircraft occupants’ names weren’t instantly launched.
“There are some autos which can be broken … (and) the constructing did have somewhat bit of injury as nicely,” Dennis mentioned.
Thick, darkish smoke and orange flames rose from the car parking zone in video of the scene posted to Fb by Amber Davis, a Marietta-area resident who heard an explosion from her dwelling and went exterior to see what occurred.
The fireplace has been put out, Marietta police Cpt. Aaron Nedeff instructed CNN.
The dealership is on a business stretch of State Route 7, which additionally serves because the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The dealership is flanked by a lodge and a farmers market.
Marietta is a metropolis of about 13,000 residents a few 13-mile drive northeast of Parkersburg and simply throughout the Ohio River from the Mountain State.
The Federal Aviation Administration and Nationwide Transportation Security Board are investigating the incident, in keeping with an FAA assertion.
“The NTSB shall be in control of the investigation and can present updates,” the FAA assertion reads.