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Two People Tragically Killed in Aircraft Accident in Marathon, Florida

September 12, 2019

MARATHON, Fla. — A small aircraft headed for Savannah, Georgia crashed shortly after departing from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport according to the U.S. News and World Report. The doomed flight left the airport at approximately 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The crash went undetected until a boater saw a body in the water a short distance from Rachael Key. The boater made the discovery around 9:00 a.m., approximately two and one-half hours after the flight departed from Florida Keys Marathon International Airport. Authorities found a second body a short time after recovering the first. Federal investigators assumed control over the investigation to learn why the plane entered the water. *

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded to reports of a body in the water a short distance off of Rachael Key. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the floating body and then recovered a second one. Both individuals were believed to be the only occupants of a 1961 Cessna 210 Centurion airplane that went down in the ocean. Dive team members were going to inspect the wreckage for additional bodies to confirm they recovered all of the victims. Cessna Centurion aircraft can carry as many as six people.  Authorities did not identify the individuals recovered from the waters.

Investigators working for the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene to open an inquiry into the airplane accident. Investigators assigned to the National Transportation Safety Board will additionally inquire into the crash and render a final decision, if they are able, as to the cause of the crash. Investigators will examine the airplane’s maintenance record, the weather, the pilot’s flight history and experience, along with the wreckage of the craft. There was no information readily available about the presence of a flight data recorder, commonly known as a black box, on board the doomed plane. 

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