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UPDATE: Medical Examiner says two men in plane crash have died

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The area where divers believe the plane crashed near Felts Field The area where divers believe the plane crashed near Felts Field
SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: The Spokane County medical examiner says the two men pulled from a light plane that crashed into the Spokane River have died.

Deputy medical investigator Jim Uttke identified the men late Thursday night as Lyndon Amestoy and Richard Runyon.  The spokesman said he did not know who was the pilot and was not authorized to disclose ages or hometowns.

Spokane Valley Fire Deputy Chief Andy Hail says the men were under water for about 30 minutes before sheriff's divers pulled them from the cold water at about 4:45 p.m.

A Spokane police spokeswoman said she was not able to say more about the men pending the expected arrival Friday of a National Transportation Safety Board investigator. 

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A plane crashed into the Spokane River near Felts Field on Thursday. 

Firefighters from Spokane and Spokane Valley, as well as officers and deputies from Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office all responded to the scene. Fire officials said a train delayed the response to the area, but once crews were on scene, based on witness accounts of the crash, they were able to locate the area where the plane was submerged. 

Rescue divers entered the water and were able to pull two men from the submerged plane. Medics on scene worked on the two men, but as of 5:50pm, their condition is unknown. 

The FAA will be investigating the crash. Agents from Los Angeles are on their way to begin looking into what happened. The pilot and passenger have not been identified. 

The Department of Ecology has also been called to the scene to clean up fuel that is leaking from the plane. 

The Spokane Fire Department says that have secured the plane in the water with lines and buoys, however they will not lift the plane out until sometime on Friday. Officials say they will put airbags in the plane and then inflate them to get the plane back above water. 

This is a developing story and we will update you as soon as we have additional information confirmed. 

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