Public Safety

Two dead in rural Johnson County plane crash

Authorities: Single-engine craft went down near Oxford

Police and medical personnel work at the scene of a plane crash in rural Iowa City on Friday, April 7, 2017. The plane c
Police and medical personnel work at the scene of a plane crash in rural Iowa City on Friday, April 7, 2017. The plane crash was reported at 3:08 p.m. according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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OXFORD — Two people are dead after a single-engine airplane crashed into a field near Oxford in rural Johnson County Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Brad Kunkel of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said authorities responded to the crash site after a call was received at 3:08 p.m. by the Johnson County Joint Communications Center.

Kunkel said the plane, which took off from the Green Castle Airport in Iowa City, was on fire when authorities arrived to the scene at 2383 IWV Road SW. The destination of the plane is unknown and there are no known radio calls from the plane before the crash, Kunkel said. The sheriff’s office is working with Iowa State Patrol in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to investigate.

Authorities say they do not know what caused the crash at this time.

Officials are not releasing the identities of those killed in the crash, pending notification of family members. Kunkel said autopsies are to be performed.

First responders included the Oxford and Tiffin fire departments.

— Gazette photographer Rebecca F. Miller contributed to this report.

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