Three men who died in fiery single-engine plane crash in Jackson County identified

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified the three men who died Saturday when a single-engine plane crashed near a small airport in southeastern Ohio.

Daniel T. Baker, 44, of Jackson, was the pilot and his two passengers were Baker's father, 78-year-old Robert Daniel Baker, and a friend, Zebulon D. Logan, 45, both of Lucasville, the sheriff's office said.

The crash happened around noon Saturday near the James A. Rhodes Airport in Jackson County, which is about 80 miles southeast of Columbus.

The Jackson Fire Department found the plane, a single-engine Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, burning just off Barton Road, the sheriff's office said.

Families of the passengers told sheriff's deputies the men were flying to Florida to pick up a vehicle Logan had purchased.

The Jackson County Coroner sent the bodies to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for autopsies.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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