Small plane crashes near Siler City Airport in North Carolina, killing two

A small plane crashed in a wooded area near Siler City Municipal Airport in North Carolina, killing both occupants, according to local officials. The cause was not immediately known.

The incident happened around 12:50 a.m. Friday when the plane, a single-engine Piper PA-28 aircraft, crashed in a wooded area about a mile southeast of the airport in Siler City.

Siler City is located approximately 45 miles west of Raleigh.

When first responders arrived at the crash site, they found the plane in flames. Neither of the two people on board survived. Their identities were not immediately released.

“We are aware today of an aircraft accident near Siler City Airport (KSCR), possibly involving a pilot and/or passenger working out of Raleigh Exec,” the Lee County airport said in a brief statement.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.