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.
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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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