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Two Killed When Small Plane From Smyrna Crashes In Indiana

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GARY, Ind. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Authorities said two men were killed when a single-engine plane traveling from Smyrna crashed into a wooded area about a mile short of Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Gary police Cmdr. Sean A. Jones said late Wednesday that officials with the Lake County coroner removed the bodies form the scene around 5:30 p.m.

Jones said the victims' names haven't been released.

He said the plane was a Cirrus SR22 traveling from Smyrna, Tennessee. It crashed at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday as it approached the Gary-based airfield.

"The Gary jet center did, in fact, expect the aircraft to land. The expected time was 11:19, but they never received any distress signal," Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told CBS Chicago.

Gary officials said the pilot and passenger had been thrown from the wreckage.

William Vargas, a contractor, told CBS in Chicago that he heard the plane explode.

"I heard it," he said. "I didn't see the plane but I heard the explosion." He said he saw "a big flame and dark smoke."

Neighborhood resident Hattie James said the plane landed behind a fire station and a charter school.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is registered to Gandy AIR LLC in St. Augustine, Fla. A phone call to the business earlier Wednesday rang unanswered.

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