Ericson Davis, 24, and Anisa Rossi, 22 (Source: WITN)
The Chester County Sheriff's Office confirms two people died in the crash. (Source: WBTV)
The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily wooded area off Highway 72 in Chester County, SC. (Source: WBTV)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
The man and woman killed in a plane crash in Chester County, SC on Monday have been identified.
According to county coroner Terry Tinker, Ericson Davis, 24, and Anisa Rossi, 22, were both killed in the crash. Davis has been confirmed as a Marine and was piloting the plane.
FAA officials say the flight departed from Wilmington on Friday and was headed to Heaven's Landing Airport in Clayton, GA.
Mike Ciochetti, a Georgia real estate developer, said Davis was a pilot and was going to look at property to build his dream house.
Ciochetti said when they never showed up, he thought he had been stood up until a friend of the pilot called to tell him the plane had crashed.
A concerned party contacted the FAA to report that the aircraft was missing, and the agency issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) late Sunday advising airports, local authorities, and search and rescue officials, which triggered a search.
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said he got a call from civil air patrol late Monday morning that a beacon from the plane was hitting in the area.
He says the plane is upside down in pine trees about two miles off Highway 72. Crews removed the bodies, which were still strapped in, from the plane. According to Tinker, both victims suffered extensive trauma. Autopsies on Davis and Rossi are expected to be completed on Wednesday.
As of Tuesday evening, NTSB officials are still on scene investigating the crash. Officials say the plane will be moved sometime Wednesday and taken to a secure area in Atlanta.
Officials at Wilmington International Airport say the plane had the FAA Identification #8890L, registered to the Warriors to Wings Aero Club in Sneads Ferry, NC. Local airport officials say the pilot did not file a flight plan.
According to Lt. Hector Alejandro with the United States Marine Corps, Davis was a member of the same 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based in New River Air Station as Steven Hancock, who was killed after falling out of an Osprey aircraft during exercises last week in Bladen County. The men were in different squadrons, but part of the same wing.