Plane crash near Lake of the Ozarks kills father and daughter from Pennsylvania

Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 3:47 PM CDT
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A plane crash near Lake of the Ozarks killed two people from Pennsylvania.

Bruce Hensler, 56, and his 30-year-old daughter Sarah Hensler, were passing through the area on a cross country flight from Reno, Nev. to Pennsylvania.

The father and daughter had just taken off from Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport, a small airfield right in the middle of the state park, when they crashed into the woods a couple hundred yards off the end of the runway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says no one witnessed the crash, which happened between 1 and 3 in the afternoon on Saturday.

At about 3:30, hikers on a public trail through the park found the wreckage.

Now the FAA and NTSB are investigating what caused the single engine Beechcraft to go down.

"We're just asking folks to please respect the process right now. Let the investigation be completed. Right now the trail is shut down and the area is secure so we really don't want or need anyone in there other than the officials that belong in there," said patrol Cpl. Eric Stacks.

Park rangers are already working on a plan for how they can remove the wreckage from the woods.

It is not believed the Henslers had any local connections. They may have just stopped in Missouri as a rest stop.