HICKORY, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Two people died Sunday when a small plane struck a power line and crashed into a western North Carolina lake, a city official said.

The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. on Lake Hickory, said Sarah Killian, a spokesperson for the city of Hickory, about 55 miles northwest of Charlotte. Killian said the names of the dead weren’t immediately being released.


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The crash led to power outages at midday Sunday affecting up to 20,000 customers, according to local news outlets, but electricity was largely restored by early Sunday afternoon after Duke Energy said it rerouted power.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a single-engine Scoda Aeronautica Super Petrel, was carrying two people and crashed in the lake after departing from Hickory Regional Airport.

Power lines were down and in the lake with the plane wreckage visible. Courtesy of Brock Bumgarner via WJZY

Images from the scene showed that high-tension power lines in the area were cut and were in the lake after the crash.

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Officials said the FAA will investigate with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the probe.

Multiple agencies from Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties responded to the crash, which occurred in the middle of the lake.

Lake Hickory borders the city and the three counties. It was created by the Catawba River, which covers more than 4,000 acres (more than 1,600 hectares) and is known in part for fishing, boating and other watersports.