Small plane crashes in Warren County, killing two people on board

TURTLECREEK TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – The Warren County Coroner’s Office has confirmed they’ve recovered 2 bodies from the crash site near SR-350 in Turtlecreek Township. The crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

The plane crashed in a heavily wooden area near Fort Ancient, making it tough for investigators to access. Officials had to use boats and ATVs to get to the wreckage.

At this time, authorities couldn’t say where the plane took off from or where it was headed, however we do know the plane was a small prop plane that was home assembled

Crews first learned of the crash from a 911 caller who called saying they saw a plane go down followed by smoke.

“We have a light plane that has crashed into the woods,” Warren County Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Doyle Burk said. “It’s a very heavily wooded area.”

“We have recovered two bodies,” Burk said. “It’s impossible to tell at this time male, female or age.”

“We had to use boats ATVs,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lebanon Post Sgt. Robert Burd said. “I walked across the river in this to get to it because there wasn’t any other way.”

“Whatever means we’re necessary the first responders did what they had to do to get to it.”

Sunday’s part of the investigation has wrapped. Crews will pick things back up on Monday, when the NTSB and FAA will be on scene to assist in the investigation.

The Coroner has not been able to identity either victim. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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