Pictured is a plane wreckage half a mile north of Marathon airport, Sept. 8, 2019. A station Marathon 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement crew arrived on scene, confirmed the debris was from a Cessna high wing single engine plane that had left from the airport, recovered two deceased persons and transferred them an awaiting the Monroe County Sheriff's Office medical examiner. (Coast Guard Photo)

2 die in Florida Keys plane crash

Two people have died after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport.

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast recovered two bodies from a downed aircraft half a mile north of Marathon Airport, Sunday.

The aircraft, a 1961 Cessna 210 Centurion, was believed to have been bound for Savannah, Georgia, when it departed at around 6 a.m.

Authorities say the wreckage went unnoticed until shortly after 9 a.m., when a passing boater spotted a body floating in the water. A second body was later recovered.

The identities of the victims were under investigation.

The Monroe Sheriff’s Office says the two were believed to be the only people on board the flight, but a dive team is searching waters near Rachael Key.

The FAA said it would be handling the investigation but that National Transportation and Safety Board would determine the cause of the crash.

The Centurion is a single-engine aircraft that usually sits six people.

Author: Associated Press
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