The plane crashed about 4 p.m. during a second attempted landing at the Whiskey Creek Airport, a small public airport located about four miles east of Silver City in Grant County, State Police Sgt. Damyan Brown said.
The identities of those killed remain unknown, Brown said. Authorities remained on the scene of the charred aircraft, he said.
The aircraft reportedly had attempt an earlier landing, but pulled up before attempting the second landing, which resulted in the crash, Brown said. The crash caused a grass fire that led to the evacuation of a nearby trailer park, he said. The fire had been extinguished by 7 p.m.