Two confirmed dead in Lewis County plane crash

UPDATED: August 30 at 8:28 a.m.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that a plane that crashed in Lewis County Wednesday night is owned by John R. Johnson of Carbondale, Ill.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro stressed that the information featured on the agency's Web site does not necessarily reflect who was on the plane when it crashed Wednesday.

Officials also identified the model of a plane as a Piper P-23, often known as a Piper Apache aircraft.

The plane was manufactured in 1956 and is a fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft.

FAA investigators are en route to the crash scene this morning. Molinaro said that the FAA will conduct the initial investigation and foward its findings to the Nationial Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB will make a final determination as to what caused the crash. That part of the investigation could take up to nine months.

The names of the two people killed in the crash would be released by either the Lewis County Sheriff or the county medical examiner.

UPDATED: August 30at 8:21 a.m.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration will arrive on the scene of a fatal plane crash site Thursday morning.

Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish says two unidentified victims died in a field near the intersection of Sunflower Road and 314 Avenue. That's about four and a half miles southwest of Canton.

Names will not be released pending notification of the victims' families.

There are no details as of yet regarding the type of plane involved in the crash.


ORIGINAL STORY: August 29, 2012

Two people have died in a plane crash that happened in rural Lewis County Wednesday night.

Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said names are not being released at this time pending notification of the victims' families.

Parrish did confirm that the victims were out-of-state.

The crash happened near Sunflower Road and 314 Avenue about 4 1/2 miles southwest of Canton.

The call was reported to the Lewis County 911 dispatch center at around 8:20 p.m.

Parrish wouldn't release any details about the type of plane.

"We're still worried about getting ahold of next of kin," Parrish said. "We're not sure why they're in this area. We don't want them to find out about it on the news. Once we get the formal notifications done, then we'll release more of that information."

The FAA is expected to arrive at the crash site sometime Thursday morning.

Parrish said this is his third plane crash he has seen during his years in office at the Lewis County Sheriff's office.