CORRECTION: The Branson West crash was later revised to two fatalities in an update from the sheriff.
BRANSON WEST, Missouri- Two separate small aircraft crashes over the weekend claimed the lives of 6 people and a pet dog. One plane had departed Missouri earlier and another was operating near Branson.
Saturday in single-engine Cessna bound to Maryland from Missouri went down near Oldenburg Indiana. Three people and a dog perished in the crash.
An initial investigation has determined that the single-engine aircraft had left Kansas City and was heading to an airport in Frederick, Maryland when the crash occurred. It is unclear at this time what caused the plane to crash, State Police say.
The Indiana State Police say they were notified when reports came in that an aircraft had crashed and that the plane possibly caught fire after crashing. Cincinnati Air Traffic Control reported that a plane that was being tracked disappeared from RADAR in the area where the crash was reported. Officers arrived on scene and located the fire from the wreckage in a heavily wooded area behind a residence. Fire personnel were able to make it to the crash scene and extinguish the flames.
As a result of the crash, three people were found deceased at the scene along with one deceased dog. A second dog survived the crash and showed up at a nearby residence. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian to be treated for injuries.
In a second incident on Sunday night, a small plane apparently spun and then crashed near the Branson West Airport. The The Stone County Sheriff’s Office says three people were killed.
Identities of the victims have not been released.