2 killed in small plane crash at Hammond regional airport

2 killed in small plane crash at Hammond regional airport

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Officials confirm that two people died in a small plane crash at a regional airport in Hammond.

According to airport officials, first responders arrived to the scene of a single plane crash at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane was a twin-engine Cessna 421. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane had trouble shortly after taking off and crashed while trying to return to the field.

Hammond Fire Chief John Thomas said it is unclear if the pilot attempted to call for help.

Hammond Police said two people were killed in the plane crash. The identities of the victims have not been released

The Hammond Fire Department, Hammond Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the crash. Louisiana Department of Forestry helped to contain the fire by cleared trees.

Small planes continued to land at the airport into Wednesday evening. The airport was operational throughout the day while the wreckage remained on airport property. The plane was not near the landing strip.

Officials did not release any other details about the plane including where it was from or its destination.

The FAA is handling the investigation into the crash. NTSB, Cessna manufacturer and the engine manufacturer will also come in to investigate Thursday. More information is expected to be released on Thursday.

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