DUETTE, Fla. -- Two men died in the crash of a twin-engine plane on Saturday afternoon in this rural area of Manatee County.
The victims have been identified as David B. Muchler, 58, of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert “Bob” Redfern, 90, who recently moved to Manatee County from Melbourne.
The plane crashed off State Road 37 just north of State Road 62 in Manatee County, killing both passengers, according to authorities.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., deputies responded the crash and found the plane badly damaged. The plane reportedly had departed from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Its intended destination was not immediately clear.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and is investigating the crash.
The crash caused a wildfire in the area that closed State Road 37 near State Road 62 for a while.
10News reporter Jonathan Petramala was on the scene as a witness described the crash.