LILLIAN, Ala. (WALA) – According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), two people were found dead at the site of a plane crash near the Alabama-Florida border in Lillian.
BCSO responded to the small plane crash in the Lillian community around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Officials said the wreckage was spotted from the air by State helicopter, and is in a swamp area.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies said the crash claimed the lives of 67-year-old Dean Legidakes and 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus.
BCSO investigators told FOX10 the plane started a sightseeing flight from Furgerson Airfield in Pensacola at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. When the plane did not return from a sightseeing trip, an alarm was sent to be on the lookout for the plane.
Officials were able to ping the location of the wreckage via the pilot’s cell phone.
Officials said because of the swampy conditions of the woods where the plane crashed, search and rescue teams had to use ATVs to reach the site. Two of the four ATVs sent out to look for the crashed plane even ended up getting stuck in the mud while trying to find the wreckage.
“We were (eventually) able to get two officers by foot into the area, the area that the crash is in (has) extremely thick vegetation, accompanied by three to four feet of water, snakes, and other wildlife,” explained Captain Steve Arthur with BCSO.
BCSO, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and Lillian Volunteer Fire Department were among the many agencies that responded to help find the crashed plane.
BCSO has notified the Federal Aviation Administration, who will head the investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available