Cargo Plane Crashes; Two Killed
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ A cargo plane bound for Montreal with a small quantity of hazardous chemicals crashed and exploded shortly after takeoff early today, killing both crew members, authorities said.
Witnesses said the plane, a twin-engine turboprop, went down in woods a half-mile from Dayton International Airport, said James Francis, the city’s acting aviation director.
Bradley First Air of Carp, Ontario, which owned the plane, said the crew members were pilots from Montreal and Ottawa. Bradley First was under contract to Emery Worldwide Freight to carry freight to Montreal, Francis said.
The plane was ″just going across the horizon, and then it just blew. It was just a big ball of fire,″ said Gary Hess, an Emery employee.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Federal Aviation Administration officials were sent to investigate.
The plane carried explosive and corrosive materials, but no evacuations were necessary, Francis said.
Lt. Jim Bowell of the Butler Township Fire Department said the 4:45 a.m. accident set fire to about 100 yards of woods.
Joe Weitz, another Emery employee, said, ″It appears as soon as it took off and was banking ... it burst into flames just outside the runway.″