Kentucky State Police Press Release

KSP Currently Investigating Airplane Wreck
Subject: KSP Currently Investigating Airplane Wreck (Henderson Co 4-24-19)
Kentucky State Police
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Two Deceased Located in the Aircraft

HENDERSON, Ky.(April 24, 2019) –Troopers with the Kentucky State Police are currently investigating a small fixed-wing aircraft wreck at the Henderson City-Henderson County Airport in Henderson Kentucky. Troopers were notified around 7:40 a.m. by Henderson County authorities requesting  our agency investigate the wreck that killed two participants which were located inside the aircraft.

Investigators believe that the small airplane crashed about 50 yards off the side of the runway leaving very minimal to no debris field. Investigators speculate the plane crashed last night  or sometime early this morning.

The runway is temporarily shut down as investigators with KSP, FAA and NTSB work to establish more information.
It is still too early to make a positive identification on both participants but an autopsy is scheduled tomorrow in Madisonville to further assist in the investigation.

No one else was injured nor was any property damage reported.

Kentucky State Police troopers were assisted by Henderson County Coroner’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Henderson  County Emergency Management, Henderson County Rescue Squad, Henderson City Fire Department and Smith Mills Vol. Fire Department.
The investigation is on-going.

Trooper Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police - Post 16


Subject: UPDATE: KSP Currently Investigating Airplane Wreck
UPDATE (4-25-2019): Kentucky State Police troopers collaborated with the Henderson County Coroner’s Office and the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office to officially identify the two deceased males located in the wrecked aircraft yesterday.

Barry A. Hill, 47 of Sanford, NC and George Tucker, 48 of Sanford, NC have both been identified and their next of kin has been notified.

Neither men were certified pilots and the private Bellanca 17-30A aircraft they were flying is believed to have been either stolen or its use unauthorized by the registered owner. The private aircraft was believed to be taken from Rome,  NC area.
More as it becomes available.

Trooper Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police - Post 16


Apr 26, 2019

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a plane that crashed, killing two North Carolina men, was carrying drugs and cash.  Authorities believe the plane was stolen or used without permission from the owner. The Bellanca Viking 17-30A crashed early Wednesday or Tuesday night at the Henderson City County Airport.

The Gleaner in Henderson reports police searched the wreckage and found a duffel bag with cash and suspected cocaine.  The crash killed 47-year-old Barry Hill and 48-year-old George Tucker, of Sanford, North Carolina.

State Trooper Corey King says investigators believe Tucker was piloting the plane and they were looking for a place to stop for fuel when it crashed. Tucker was a student pilot.  The plane's owner told authorities he had previously let Tucker test the plane because Tucker was interested in buying it.