Two dead after plane crash near New Melle, Missouri

Published: Jan. 9, 2022 at 6:37 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2022 at 8:19 PM CST
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NEW MELLE, Mo. (KY3/AP) - Two people on board a plane that crashed near New Melle are presumed dead.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58 took off from an airport in Chesterfield and climbed to roughly 8,000 feet before it started to descend sharply and crashed around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mary Case, the chief medical examiner for St. Charles County, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it could take several days to identify the people who died in the crash.

An official told our St. Louis sister station, KMOV, that the small twin-engine plane was found near State Highway F and Rugged Acres Lane around 10 p.m. Saturday. The wreckage was spread out around 300 yards. The site was deemed “unsurvivable.”

First responders from six different counties responded to the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is now taking over the investigation.

Several people called to report hearing the crash shortly after the airport reported the pilot made a distress call. It took first responders a couple hours to locate the site of the crash in a heavily wooded, rural area.

A spokesman for the St. Charles County Ambulance District, Kyle Gaines, said officials determined that no one could have survived the crash.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

Additional details are limited. We will update as more information becomes available.

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