Plane crash caused a wildfire in Manatee County, 1 victim tentatively identified

Posted at 3:48 PM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-05 16:58:58-05

UPDATE | One of the victims killed Saturday in a small plane crash off State Road 37 in Manatee County has been tentatively identified, Manatee County sheriff's officials said. 

So far, the second person who died in the crash has not been identified.  

However, the names of both people are being withheld until there is positive identification, sheriff's officials said. 

ORIGINAL STORY | A small plane has crashed in Manatee County. It happened at around 1:30 p.m. near State Road 36 north of State Road 62.

The twin engine plane was badly damaged according to a release from the Manatee County Sheriff’s office.   It is unknown how many passengers were on the plane.

The crash caused a wildfire in the area.  State Road 37 near State Road 62 is now closed. Florida Forest Service says that the wildfire is now 70 percent contained at 10 acres.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responding to the crash to investigate.

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