PORTLAND – Two people were killed when the small plane they were flying in crashed Saturday in Portland.

Portland police responded to the crash near the 16th hole of the NorthShore Country Club located at 801 E. Broadway Blvd.

A man and a woman were in a 1947 Aeronca Champ L-16 and died instantly after it crashed near the edge of the water of Corpus Christi Bay, Portland Police Chief Mark Cory said.

Authorities got the call about 2:20 p.m. Cory said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.

Portland police and fire department emergency personnel crews helped recovered the bodies, which were taken to a funeral home. Cory said the families of the two had been notified but did not provide their names or their ages.

Cory did not immediately have information on the relationship between the two people. It is unclear where they were headed, or which airport they flew out of.

As of Saturday evening, police did not have information as to what may have caused the crash or if the strong winds Saturday may have been a factor. It is unclear who the plane belonged to and which of the two was the pilot of the two-seater aircraft.

There was no reported damage to nearby homes, Cory said.

NorthShore Country Club officials said the back nine holes of the golf course will remain closed through Sunday.

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