2 killed in plane crash off Fla. Panhandle coast

Posted at 5:39 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 13:03:09-05

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said two bodies have been recovered after a single-engine plane crashed Thursday night off the Florida Panhandle.

A couple was flying from Texas when the plane went down just offshore of Destin. 

A 911 call was received by dispatchers at 6:52 p.m. from a man who said he saw the aircraft go down near Henderson Beach State Recreation Area as he was running on the beach.

First responders converged on the area and began searching along the coastline while the Coast Guard searched the water.

Debris and personal items were found scattered along the coast from the area between Henderson Beach and the Walton County line.

Officials at the Destin Airport reported that a Piper Archer aircraft was overdue.

The plane was registered in Texas. Walton County Sheriff’s deputies assisting with the search and found a woman's body in the water around 9 p.m.  A man's body was found about 45 minutes later. 

No other individuals were believed to be on board. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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