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Two killed in small plane crash

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Two people from Palm Beach County were killed Sunday evening when a small airplane crashed west of Boynton Beach.

The aircraft went down in rough terrain in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

Both victims were present at the Stuart Air Show.

PBSO said that a distress call from a pilot in another plane was relayed to the control tower at Palm Beach International Airport at 5:46 p.m. That pilot reportedly saw the Cirrus SR-22 airplane in trouble.

Family members of the victims were at a staging area set up by officials Monday morning.

The identities of the victims have not been released. It is unclear where the plane was heading or where it came from. The cause of the crash is under investigation by federal aviation officials.

A PBSO helicopter spotted the wreckage and guided airboats from the The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Palm Beach Fire Rescue to the area.

Currently, the plane sits in seven feet of "muck" under about a foot of water, said Bill Calvert of the US Fish and Wildlife. The plane took a nosedive into the Everglades, nine miles north of the staging area.

When it was discovered Sunday night, Calvert said officials weren't able to recover a single thing. Eric Davis, a sheriff's office spokesperson, said the aircraft and the bodies will likely not be moved until sometime late Monday because airboats must be used to get to the wreckage.

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