A plane crash early Tuesday left two dead and sent flames and billowing smoke over the small city of Marietta, Ohio, reports CNN. The crash occurred around 7:15am, when a twin-engine 1974 Beechcraft King Air E90 went down in the parking lot of a Buick dealership. A spokesman for Ohio State Highway Patrol told reporters the pilot and the plane’s only other occupant were killed. Nobody on the ground was injured, but the dealership sustained some damage. The plane reportedly took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio at 6:35am and was headed to Parkersburg, West Va.
The crash occurred on a commercial stretch of the Ohio River Scenic Byway, on the border between Ohio and West Virginia. Per NBC 4, eyewitness video shows orange flames and dark smoke rising above the site. A witness who lives nearby told local Fox 11 that he heard a boom and saw the sky light up. He said he “grabbed his 10-year-old daughter and headed over to the dealership to see if he could help, but there was nothing he could do,” according to the report. The NTSB and FAA are investigating. (Read more plane crash stories.)