NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. (CBS) –A pilot and instructor died when a twin-engine plane crashed into a heavily wooded area in New Castle County on Sunday morning. Officials identified the pilot as 52-year-old Terrence Daniels, of Philadelphia, and the instructor as 79-year-old Albert Dohring, of Middletown, Delware.
The crash happened off Route 7, approximately two miles north of Runway 32 at New Castle Airport around 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Officials say the pilot took off on Runway 32 at 8:50 a.m. and then immediately notified the air traffic control tower of an urgent need to return to the airport.
The 1965 Beech Baron twin-engine airplane crashed into the heavily wooded area following the call. The plane was reportedly upside down in the trees.
Police say there were two people on the plane. They both died.
“On the scene we found all four corners of the airplane so we have the nose, the tail, both wings, engine. So we’re confident everything is at the scene,” said Pete Wentz, an NTSB official.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal plane crash.