- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

LILLIAN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead after a sightseeing airplane that took off in Pensacola, Florida, crashed in remote southwest Alabama.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the crash killed 67-year-old pilot Dean Legidakes and 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus.

The two were in a small airplane that took off from Pensacola on Wednesday morning. The plane didn’t return on time, and authorities used a signal from the pilot’s cellphone to find an approximate location.

A state helicopter spotted plane wreckage in a swampy area near Lillian about five hours later. The area is so isolated searchers had difficulty reaching it.

The sheriff’s office says the two were in a Great Lakes 2T-1 biplane. The crash occurred northeast of a small airport near the Alabama-Florida line.

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