OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, an aircraft caught fire near NW 23rd and Cimarron Road.

OKCFD tweeted around 9:30 p.m. on Monday about a reported plane crash on Clarence E. Page Airport property.

According to the post, a small aircraft as well as surrounding grass caught fire.

The fire was quickly under control by fire crews.

Emergency crews say they did recover the bodies of three victims.

Sully, a resident nearby who heard the crash said, “It hits close to home, I reckon. Yeah, it’s a very bad deal. I feel very bad for the people.”

The Oklahoma City Fire Department released a statement Monday night regarding the incident.

“Firefighters responded to a report of a plane crash at this location. Upon arrival, a small plane was down and on fire with surrounding grass on fire as well. This was on C.E. Page Airport property. Sadly, firefighters have located three deceased victims. They are currently using drones with infrared technology to check the surrounding area to ensure there are no more victims. The fires are out now and the fire department portion of this incident will end soon. Other entities, not OKCFD, will be investigating this incident and OKCFD will have no further information.”

Oklahoma City Fire Department.

“It is very early in the investigation and there is not much information available at this time.  What I can provide is that an NTSB investigator is expected to be on scene sometime today to begin to document the scene, examine the aircraft, request any air traffic communications, radar data, weather reports and try to contact any witnesses.  Also, the investigator will request maintenance records of the aircraft, and medical records and flight history of the pilot.”

National Transportation Safety Board statement

A typical NTSB investigation can take 12-24 months to complete and determine a cause.

“It’s just very sad,” said Sully. “I feel sorry for the families.”

Authorities say it will take time before the victims are identified.