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Tests Needed To ID Small Plane Crash Victims

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GARY, Ind. (AP) - A coroner said it might be weeks before it positively identifies the two people killed when a small plane traveling from Smyrna crashed into a wooded area about a mile short of Gary/Chicago International Airport in northwestern Indiana.

Lake County coroner Merrilee Frey said investigators from her office spent hours at the scene soon after Wednesday's crash and returned the next day to complete their recovery work.

Frey toldWLPR-FM that medical examiners will use dental records and DNA tests to confirm identities of the victims.

Aviation officials haven't yet released any information about what caused the crash. The single-engine plane was registered to a St. Augustine, Florida, group and had last taken off from Smyrna, Tennessee.

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