Kentucky police: Crashed plane may have been stolen; 2 dead

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Two NC men were found dead in the wreckage of crashed plane at an airport in Henderson, Kentucky on April 25, 2019. (Photo: via WNCN)

HENDERSON, KY (AP) — Kentucky State Police say they’ve identified two North Carolina men who died in a small plane crash in Kentucky and neither are certified pilots.

Police said in a statement Thursday that the plane they were flying is believed to have been either stolen or used without permission from the registered owner.

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The statement identifies the men who died as 47-year-old Barry A. Hill and 48-year-old George Tucker, both of Sanford, North Carolina. Police say they think the private aircraft was taken from Rome, North Carolina.

Henderson City-County Airport workers discovered the wreckage around 7 a.m. Wednesday when the airport was opening.

Henderson County Coroner Bruce Farmer said the two occupants were found dead inside the plane and are believed to have died on impact.