Florida couple dies in Conn. plane plash

CANTON, Conn. — A husband and wife from Florida were killed when their small, single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area of central Connecticut on their way to visit family, police said Tuesday.

The couple crashed late Monday on a ridge along Onion Mountain in Canton. Federal officials are investigating the cause.

The victims, Donald Derocher, 73, and Josephine Derocher, 74, lived in Live Oak, Fla., and they were flying to Connecticut to see family, Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero said. The 1965 Piper Cherokee aircraft was registered to Donald Derocher.

Arciero said Federal Aviation Administration investigators were on the scene and a team from the National Transportation Safety Board was expected later Tuesday.

A state police helicopter using a searchlight located the wreck near the Simsbury town line after the FAA notified Simsbury Airport that the plane, which was tracked by Bradley International Airport, had dropped from the radar.

Rescue crews had to travel over challenging terrain in the densely wooded area to reach the wreckage, Arciero said. He said the fuselage was largely intact but some pieces had broken off the plane.

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