HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky State Police announced on Friday that investigators found a duffel bag containing a large sum of cash and suspected cocaine near the wreckage of an aircraft in Henderson.
Two men were found dead at the scene of the crash, 47-year-old Barry A. Hill and 48-year-old George Tucker, both of Sanford, North Carolina.
KSP said investigators believe Tucker and Hill were likely in the Henderson area looking for a fueling stop to continue their journey.
The Bellanca 17-30A the two men were flying ran out of fuel and caused the motor to stall, KSP said.
According to investigators, the plane fell nose-first to the ground – ultimately killing Hill and Tucker.
Several duffel bags were found containing personal belongings, authorities said. However, one duffel bag found contained money and suspected cocaine, KSP said.
On Thursday, the wife of the aircraft’s owner told WEHT the aircraft was not taken, but it was not authorized to be flown.
According to FAA records, the owner of the Bellanca 17-30A is Jonathan P Byler.
Byler’s wife Marley told Eyewitness News in a phone interview that the aircraft was being stored by George Tucker, a family friend.
Marley said Tucker wasn’t authorized to fly it.
According to FAA records, Tucker was a student pilot.
However, he was specifically prohibited from carrying passengers and flying at night.
KSP announced Thursday that the aircraft was believed to have either been stolen or its use was unauthorized by the registered owner.