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Two dead after small plane crashes near Orlando, reports say


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The bodies of two men were reportedly recovered from a Florida lake Wednesday following a single-engine airplane crash near Orlando.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said in a statement that a four-seat Cessna 182 crashed into Lake Maitland near Orlando at about 11 a.m. Wednesday after departing from Orlando Executive Airport. The plane was headed to New Smyrna Beach.

Maitland Police Lt. Louis Grindle told reporters that rescuers located the bodies of two men — a pilot and passenger — after an hours-long search, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The newspaper reported that Orlando Executive received an emergency call from the pilot of a Cessna 182 referencing fuel issues.

WFTV 9 reported that the men died in the crash, and that the wreckage of the aircraft remained underwater Wednesday evening.

Police said the plane was from South Carolina, and a county administrator there said a Cessna 182 owned by the Golden Corner Flying Club departed Oconee Regional Airport in Seneca, South Carolina, for Orlando on Wednesday morning, according to TV station WYYF in South Carolina.

In an email, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office confirmed both people killed in the crash were from Seneca.

The FAA will investigate the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident.