Authorities have stated that three people are dead after a small plane crashed in central Florida this week according to a report by the Associated Press.
The bodies of a Winter Haven business man named Rob Krieger, 65, and the great-grandsons of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody were found in the wreckage according to the Associated Press. Buffalo Bill was known for his Wild West shows that toured around the United States in the late 1800’s through the early 1900s.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated that the Cessna 310 left Okeechobee on Feb. 14. The plane was on its way to Bartow when the FAA lost all contact with it near Fort Pierce at around 4:35 a.m.
The crash site wasn’t discovered until the following morning in a marsh area about 20 miles from Vero Beach. The only way to reach the swampy area is via helicopter or sailboat.
An ALNOT, or alert notice, was issued shortly after it lost contact with the tower according to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
Indian River County Rescue officers were called in at around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 once the crash site was located. A U.S. Coast Guard called paramedics to the site to remove the victims according to the Associated Press.
The ordeal took several hours to complete, and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Burkeen stated that their crews were still at the accident scene as of 1:30 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board has already started their investigation to determine what caused the crash.