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Two confirmed dead in plane crash in Duette; wildfire ignited by impact

Smoke is visible along State Road 37 in the Duette area of northeastern Manatee County following the crash of a twin-engine plane Saturday afternoon. Numerous emergency vehicles and personnel responded to assist at the crash site and fight a resulting wildfire in the heavily wooded area.
Smoke is visible along State Road 37 in the Duette area of northeastern Manatee County following the crash of a twin-engine plane Saturday afternoon. Numerous emergency vehicles and personnel responded to assist at the crash site and fight a resulting wildfire in the heavily wooded area. zwittman@bradenton.com

Two people have been killed after a plane crashed Saturday afternoon in eastern Manatee County, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 1:30 p.m., deputies were called to a report of a plane crash near State Road 37, just north of State Road 62.

“The plane is badly damaged, and at this time it’s unknown how many passengers were on the twin-engine plane,” spokesman Dave Bristow said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation and federal investigators were en route to the scene, Bristow told the Herald.

As a result of the plane crash, a wildfire ignited in the area, and S.R. 37 near S.R. 62, is closed.

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Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012

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