UPDATE: KSP release more information on Henderson plane crash investigation

HENDERSON, Ky. (WBKO) -- UPDATE: Investigators believe Tucker and Hill were likely in the Henderson area looking for a fueling-stop to continue their journey.

The Bellanca 17-30A aircraft ran out of fuel causing the motor to stall. The plane fell nose first to the ground ultimately killing both men. It is believed Tucker was the pilot and Hill as passenger.

On scene, KSP troopers located several duffle bags containing personal belongings; however, one duffle bag contained a large sum of cash and suspected cocaine.


Kentucky State Police have identified the victims of those killed in the plane crash in Henderson County, who they say were not certified pilots.

Authorities say 47-year-old Barry Hill and 48-year-old George Tucker, both of Sanford, North Carolina were the men onboard.

Officials say the private Bellanca 17-30A plane they were flying is believed to either have been stolen, or used with permission from the owner. The private aircraft is believed to have been taken from Rome, North Carolina.

Kentucky State Police are investigating after a small airplane crashed off the runway at the Henderson City-Henderson County Airport.

Investigators believe the airplane crashed Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, killing two occupants.

The runway is temporarily shut down as investigators with KSP, FAA and NTSB work to establish more information.

The bodies have not been identified but an autopsy is scheduled Thursday in Madisonville.

No other injuries or property damage was reported.