Two die in Slidell plane crash

Two die in Slidell plane crash

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A mosquito control plane crashed just northwest of the Slidell Municipal Airport Tuesday night, killing the two men on board, according to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.

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Police say two St. Tammany Parish Mosquito planes were landing after spraying various areas. The pilot of one of the planes witnessed the crash.

He told police that during the approach for landing the other plane rolled upside down and crashed into the wood line.

The pilot who successfully landed immediately called 911 and attempted to get back to the crash site.

The bodies of the crash victims have found inside wreckage. But the plane crashed in a marshy area and recovery crews have had difficulty getting equipment to the crash site.

The crash site, which is on the northwest corner of the airport property in the woods, was heavily engulfed in flames and extremely hard to access.

Helicopters with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and Acadian Ambulance both surveyed the scene while first responders used ATV's, and other off-road vehicles to reach the crash site.

It was confirmed late last night that there were two pilots inside of the plane, both of which did not survive the crash.

The identities of the crash victims have not been released, but Fox 8 News has learned both men were pilots with the St. Tammany Mosquito abatement crew.

This morning, are working to clear the area for the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to retrieve the bodies. The coroner will release the identities of the victims once families are notified.

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