Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer confirmed the fatalities in the crash that is reportedly in a wooded area near 245th Avenue and Highway 410. The FAA says the plane was a North American AT-6C.
At roughly 3:30 p.m., several people reported seeing a small aircraft sputtering and flying low before going down, according to Troyer.
One of those witnesses was Buckley Police Chief Jim Arsanto, who saw the plane flying low over Highway 410.
"The plane appeared to be having engine trouble, made a big loop... the engine kept dying and restarting," Arsanto said. "It made a complete circle to head back to the airport where it lifted off... and it went into a patch of trees."
He dialed 911 then headed in to the scene.
First responders arrived on scene and found two people in the wreckage. The men were later identified as 62-year old James Cawley and 72-year-old Rodney Richardson.
There is no word what caused the crash and it does not appear anyone else was hurt.