TAUNTON (CBS) — Two people were killed in a small plane crash near the municipal airport Sunday morning.
The aircraft went down near Westcoat Drive, which is the roadway to the Taunton Municipal Airport/King Field, at about 6:30 a.m.READ MORE: Target Will Once Again Require Some Employees To Wear Face Masks
The National Transportation Safety Board said the recently purchased two-seat Aeronca 7AC went down after takeoff.
A friend of the victim told WBZ-TV, John Schmouth, 69, of Brockton was one of the people who died.READ MORE: Surveillance Video Shows Suspect Smashing Into, Running From Franklin Jewelry Store During Robbery
Investigators have tentatively identified the two victims as Schmouth, who was piloting the aircraft, and Roland Deslauriers, 61, of Bridgewater, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office reported Sunday night. Although next of kin notifications have been made and investigators believe they have identified both victims, the confirmed identities of the two victims will not officially be known until the Medical Examiner’s Office conducts autopsies, according to the DA’s office.
Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick said fire officials had to put out a fire subsequent to the crash.
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