Friends Fear Worst After News Of Plane Crash

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Beechcraft Baron similar to the one that crashed Tuesday in eastern Kentucky. (source:

WOODBINE, Md. (WUSA)  --  Friends of a Maryland couple fear the worst as news spread Wednesday that an airplane registered to the couple's home-based business went down in a rugged section of Eastern Kentucky Tuesday.

The identities of the victims have not been released by investigators who reached the scene of the crash near Hazard, Kentucky Wednesday, but acquaintances said the couple, Stephen J. Reardon and his wife, Beverly Reardon, have not been heard from since the time of the crash.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron that crashed is registered to Island Trading, a business owned by Stephen Reardon and operated out of his home on a 3-acre horse farm in Woodbine.

Reardon piloted his own plane, according to his former flight instructor and close friend, who did not want his name published. 

The friend said and the couple were planning a flight south in Reardon's 6-seat plane for a medical appointment.

The plane went down in a rugged section of Leslie County, Kentucky at about 12:30 Tuesday after abruptly disappearing from radar from about 2500 feet up.

The plane was traveling from Frederick, Maryland to Olive Branch Mississippi, according to investigators.

According to the former flight instructor, Reardon is a 68-year-old retired oil company sales executive and recreational flier, with 20 years of experience.  Reardon is a commercial and instrument rated pilot. His wife, Beverly, is a 59-year-old devoted equestrian who enjoys performing dressage on the horses she owns.

Written by Scott Broom

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