3 killed in small plane crash in southern West Virginia

Authorities say three people have died in the crash of a small plane in southern West Virginia

LANSING, W.Va. -- A small plane crashed Sunday in southern West Virginia, killing three Virginia residents on board, authorities said.

State police Capt. R.A. Maddy told news outlets that the wreckage was found near a barn in the rural community of Lansing, a few miles from the New River Gorge Bridge about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Charleston. The bodies were found inside the plane.

State police identified the victims as Nick Fletcher, 38; Michael Taphouse, 36; and Wesley Farley, 39. All were from the Chesapeake, Virginia, area.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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