UPDATE: Victims of Highland County plane crash ID'd



The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of the victims of a Friday plane crash in Highland County.

The pilot was Denver Smith, 74, of Dayton.

He was killed along with his passenger, Daniel Witt, 42, of Springfield.

A witness says the Piper Cherokee 235 had just left the airport near Hillsboro when it struck several trees, caught fire and crashed in a field.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking for a cause.


The Highland County Sheriff's Office says two people are dead after a single engine plane crash near the county airport near Rocky Fork Lake.

It happened just before noon. The plane crashed into a field across from state Route 124.

FOX19 has a crew on the scene and will provide updates as soon as possible.