ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – Two young men were killed when a small, single engine plane went down in a cornfield near Arcanum on Wednesday.
The crash happened about a mile south of Arcanum north of Dull Road.
Authorities say it appears the men took off around 8 in the morning from a private landing strip close to where it crashed.
The men and plane were missing until a family member flew over and found the scene, hundreds of feet deep in the field, just before 2PM.
“We do not know the amount of time that this plane has been down and crashed prior to being reported,” said Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office the bodies of those two men have been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, but the coroner for Darke County won’t release their identities until both bodies are positively identified.
The site is being secured by deputies until officials with the NTSB come to investigate on Thursday.
Once the FAA and NTSB arrive on scene, they’ll consider a variety of different factors to determine the cause of the crash.
Investigators will look at everything from the weather at the time of the accident to the pilot’s medical history.
They will also conduct witness interviews and obtain any communication between the plane and air traffic control to get a better understanding of what happened.
Those investigators will be on site reviewing the wreckage of the plane to see if that gives them any insight into what may have happened.
Investigations like these often take several weeks, or even months to complete. A preliminary report could be released in the next several months, but a final report might not be released until 2017.