HENDERSON, Ky. (WNCN) — Two Sanford men were found dead in the wreckage of crashed plane at an airport in Henderson, Kentucky, according to a release from Kentucky State Police.
Troopers were notified of a plane crash at the Henderson City-Henderson County Airport around 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday and asked to investigate the incident.
Two people were found dead inside the plane. Authorities were not able to immediately identify the men, but on Thursday morning they were identified as Barry Hill, 47, and George Tucker, 48.
Officials believe the small fixed-wing aircraft crashed about 50 yards off the side of the runway and that it occurred either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
State police said Thursday that neither Hill nor Tucker were certified pilots and the Bellanca 17-30A plane they were flying “is believed to have either been stolen or its use unauthorized by the registered owner.”
Police said the plane appears to have been taken from Davie County. They did not specify if the owner of the plane is aware of the crash or knew that their plane was missing.