Updated: 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 | Posted: 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
2 killed in crash of small plane in Darke County, near Arcanum
Breaking News Staff
DARKE COUNTY —
The FAA and NTSB are continuing their investigation into the crash of a small plane in Darke County on Wednesday that left two people dead:
The single-engine Piper PA-11 went down in a cornfield off Dull Road, near Arcanum
The victims took off about 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
The victims have been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office
UPDATE @ 7 p.m. (Sept. 14):
The victims have been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office will not release the names of the victims tonight.
The single-engine, two-seater Piper PA-11 went down “under unknown circumstances,” Tony Molinaro, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email earlier in the afternoon.
Molinaro also said the FAA does not have information about the names of the occupants or the flight plan.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration have been to the crash site and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected on Thursday.
The wreckage was found in a cornfield just off Dull Road by a pilot in a search plane, which had been sent up because the victims had been reported as missing and unaccounted for, a deputy said. The plane was believed to have taken off about 8 a.m., deputies said.
According to sheriff’s officials, a family member of one or both of the victims contacted the sheriff’s office after failed attempts to make contact with the two in the aircraft.
Deputies and emergency crews were dispatched to the cornfield about 1:45 p.m. and discovered the wreckage and the victims.
Frank Brown, of West Carrollton, identified himself as the best friend of one of the victims. He said they were flying from Darke County to West Carrollton to meet him because they were planning to surprise a female friend of theirs and take her up for a ride.
Piper PA-11 Cub Special
C/n / msn: 111641
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location: Darke County SE of Arcanum, OH - United States of America
The aircraft impacted cornfield terrain near Heins Field Airport (OA23) in Arcanum, Ohio. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the two occupants onboard received fatal injuries.