MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The two people killed in a plane crash near Dayton on Thursday have been identified as 21-year-old Kacie Hausfeld and her father, Thomas Hausfeld, both of Springboro.
Kacie was a junior at the University of Dayton. She was majoring in early childhood education and was a member of the women's volleyball team.
The Ohio State Patrol received a report of the crash at the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport just before 1 p.m. Thursday.
When officials arrived on the scene, they found a 1983 Beechcraft Bonanza engulfed in flames. Kacie and Thomas Hausfeld were found in the wreckage and pronounced dead by the Warren County Coroner's Office.
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the private plane was leaving Dayton and headed for DuPage Airport in suburban Chicago when the pilot reported that a cargo door was open. The plane crashed short of the runway as the pilot tried to return to the airport.
The University of Dayton has planned a prayer service for the two victims. The service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on Monday, April 5 at 9 p.m.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to Lori, Ali and the rest of the Hausfeld family," said Kelli Sheffield, Dayton volleyball coach. "Obviously we are all in shock right now. Kacie's kind-heartedness, sense of humor and can-do approach was one of a kind. We will always love her with all of our hearts. We lost two genuinely special people today and we are all hurting. All of us who know them will try our best to stick together through this."