TOLEDO, Ohio (WWJ) – Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what led to a cargo plane crash in Toledo overnight that left two crew members dead.
Authorities say the play was approaching the Toledo Express Airport around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when it went down about a half mile east of the runway. The plane crashed into several semi trucks that were parked at a nearby auto parts business and burst into flames.
Both crew members were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 72-year-old Douglas R. Taylor and 69-year-old Donald C. Peterson, according to a report from the Toledo Blade.
Toledo Port Authority spokesman Joe Rotterdam says officials are still unsure if the crew made a distress call. Rotterdam said it’s lucky no one on the ground was hurt.
The plane was a 62-year-old cargo aircraft, a twin-engine Convair 440, according to the Blade. The crew took off from Texas and made a stop near Memphis, Tenn., before continuing on to Toledo. It’s a flight the crew had made numerous times, according to the report.