Two men killed in Slidell plane crash identified by coroner

Two men killed in Slidell plane crash identified by coroner

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish coroner has identified the two men killed in a Slidell plane crash Tuesday night.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston identified the two men as Wayne Fisher, 68, of Slidell and Donald Pechon, 59, of Covington.

The identification is based on reliable information about who was onboard the aircraft, but DNA testing will probably be necessary to confirm the identities.

Next of kin have been notified.

Slidell police say two St. Tammany Parish Mosquito control planes were landing after spraying various areas.

During the approach for landing one of the planes rolled upside down and crashed into the wood line.

The pilot of the other plane witnessed the crash and landed safely.

He immediately called 911 after landing and attempted to get back to the crash site.

The crash site, which is on the northwest corner of the Slidell City Airport property in the woods, was heavily engulfed in flames and hard for rescue crews to access.

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

Wednesday morning, crews worked to clear the area for the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to retrieve the bodies.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is being turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board.

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