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December 3, 2012

4 dead in Decatur Co. plane crash

GREENSBURG — A plane crash claimed the lives of four individuals Sunday evening.

According to reports from Greensburg Police Department (GPD) Detective Bill Meyerrose, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) received an emergency call at approximately 6:19 p.m. Sunday from a local resident claiming a plane had crashed.

At about 6:30 p.m., the GPD received a call from the FAA asking if an investigation into the missing aircraft was being conducted. The plane had been tracked via radar, but the signal had been lost approximately one and a half to two miles south of the Greensburg Municipal Airport.

More than 125 law enforcement officials and emergency responders from fire departments throughout the county soon arrived at the Decatur County fairgrounds and set up a makeshift operations center in the fair buildings.

The craft was finally located at approximately 10:45 p.m. Det. Meyerrose confirmed the four casualties shortly after midnight.

Responders used ATVs to reach the crash site, which was said to be about a mile to a mile and a half south of the airport.

Det. Meyerrose told media the families of the victims had been notified late Sunday evening, but he declined to release the names of those killed in the crash.

The FAA and Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks are expected to be on the scene Monday morning to investigate the crash further.

Meyerrose said the coroner’s office will release the names of the victims at a later time.

Earlier reports identified the aircraft as a Piper PA-46.

The Daily News will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

 

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