Two people have been killed after a plane crashed into a car dealership in the United States, according to state highway patrol. The victims were said to be the pilot and the passenger who are believed to be the only people in the plane that crashed. According to reports, it was a 1974 Beechcraft King Air E90 that crashed into the car park of a motor dealership in Ohio today.
The crash at the Pioneer Buick GMA dealership in the city of Marietta sparked a fire which was brought under control in about 30 minutes, according to US reports.
Police do not believe anyone on the ground was hurt in Tuesday morning’s incident.
The plane had reportedly left Columbus, Ohio, and was heading to Parkersburg, West Virginia, when the crash happened.
Highway Patrol said it was investigating “a fatal plane crash that was reported this morning at 7.15am”.
“The crash occurred at the Pioneer Buick GMC dealership parking lot located at 1000 Pike Street, Marietta, Washington County,” Highway Patrol added.
“There is reported damage to multiple vehicles and buildings at the dealership.
“The crash remains under investigation at this time.”
Marietta has about 13,000 residents and is located around 13 miles northeast of Parkersburg.
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Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victims as 45-year-old pilot Eric Seevers and 49-year-old Timothy Gifford, the sole passenger in the twin-engine plane, wtap reported.
The crash happened shortly after 7am, and the plane was headed from Columbus to Parkersburg, West Virginia, just miles from the crash site, Flightradar24 data indicates.
The plane took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport around 6:35am, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis told reporters.
“There are some vehicles that are damaged … (and) the building did have a little bit of damage as well,” Lt Dennis told CNN.