MANATEE- 72–year–olds Dr. Harvey Partridge and his wife Patricia Partridge died Sunday night when their plane crashed near Raleigh–Durham International Airport.

Officials say the couple's plane disappeared from radar as it approached the airport. The wreckage from the crash was found Monday morning.

The Partridges, lived in Terra Ceia in Manatee County, and Dr. Partridge founded Partridge Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg. The animal hospital confirmed his death in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

"Dr. Partridge was a truly wonderful doctor and advocate for animals, and he and his wife will be terribly missed by our staff and clients.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is now taking over the investigation to determine what caused the crash.