Canton, CT – Authorities say a husband and wife from Florida were killed Monday when their small plane crashed in a wooded area in northern Connecticut.
According to the CT Post, the victims — identified as Donald Derocher, 73, and Josephine Derocher, 74 — died when their single engine aircraft went down on top of small Mountain in Canton, Connecticut.
Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero said the incident was reported at approximately 8 pm after Bradley International Airport Traffic Control reported they lost radar contact with the plane.
Although initial reports were that the plane had left from a different airport around 7 pm, the manager of that facility shot down those claims.
“They were not here. I checked with my tower and with the FBI,”said Waterbury-Oxford airport manager Matt Kelly, who went to the crash site as part of a response team.
Aided by a state helicopter Monday night, numerous crews from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department searched the woods for the plane and finally located it just before 10:30 pm.
It took first responders nearly 20 minutes to reach the wreckage in the deep woods.
Chief Arciero said the Derochers were former Canton residents most recently living in Live Oak, Florida but were flying to Connecticut to visit family.
Arciero added Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on the scene, and a team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected later Tuesday.
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