HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Investigators have identified the passenger of a plane that crashed Wednesday afternoon as John Harris of Denham Springs, according to City spokeswoman Lisa Lambert.
Both the pilot and the passenger were killed in the crash at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport around 4 p.m.
The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna 421, has not been identified, but investigators say he was hired by Harris for a business trip to Atlanta.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says a preliminary report on the crash will take about a week. The full report will take six months to a year.
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.
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.