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Two killed in small plane crash near Andrews, sheriff's office confirms
Oct. 5, 2021 - Authorities are investigating a fatal plane crash that happened Sunday in Cherokee County near the state line, killing its 2 occupants. (Image credit: WLOS staff)

Federal officials are investigating a small plane crash that killed two people in the mountains over the weekend.

Two killed in small plane crash near Andrews, sheriff's office confirms

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says a private, single engine aircraft crashed into a mountainside just north of Andrews, NC on Sunday, Oct. 3. Officials say the Beechcraft B35 had taken off from Western Carolina Regional Airport shortly before 8 p.m., and within minutes, Atlanta air control received a signal from the aircraft’s emergency location transmitter.

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The sheriff's office says after multiple agencies searched throughout Monday, crews located the wreckage on Tuesday and confirmed the plane's two occupants had died.

Names of the deceased are not being released pending notification to next of kin, officials say.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office extends our prayers for the family and wishes to express our sincere gratitude to all those where were involved in bringing this to a conclusion," the sheriff's office wrote online.

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A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says an investigator is expected to gather information from the crash site on Tuesday. This early on in the investigation, NTSB officials are gathering as much information as they can, and the representative says a typical NTSB investigation can take 12-24 months to complete and determine a cause for the crash.

NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash.

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