OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The FAA and NTSB are investigating a plane crash in Osage Beach that left two dead and one seriously injured.
The crash occurred just before noon on Thursday, July 13, according to Paul Berardi, chief of the Osage Beach Fire Protection District.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff near the Grand Glaize Airport. Witnesses told the Fire Protection District that they saw the plane takeoff, but did not see it climb and soon after heard a loud boom.
Emergency crews from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, the Osage Beach Police Department, SMHP, and the Department of Natural Resources spent about 45 minutes searching for the downed plane before they received word from the nearby Lake Regional Hospital, who informed them that the hospital had footage of the plane going down.
Minutes later, the wreck was found.
The plane had crashed into the treeline at the old golf course between Rt KK and US 54.
The pilot, 22-year-old Hayden Ritchhart of Carrolton, Mo., and a passenger, 19-year-old Evan R. Vandiver of Richmond, Mo., were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Another passenger, 54-year-old Gary Vandiver of Richmond, Mo., was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Multiple agencies, including the FAA and the NTSB, are investigating the scene today, Friday, July 14, and investigators are asking for witnesses to come forward.
The wreckage will be removed from the scene today and transported to another facility for further investigation.
Witnesses or anyone with footage of the crash are asked to contact the NTSB via email at email@example.com.
A preliminary report is expected within the next 2-3 weeks.