(Greensburg, Ind.) - Four people are dead following a plane crash in Greensburg Sunday evening.
Investigators say the small, private, single-engine plane was about two miles from Greensburg Municipal Airport when it was cleared for approach but never landed. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Piper PA-46.
Detective William Meyerrose with the Greensburg Police Department said the crash was first reported by a civilian at 6:19 p.m. Sunday.
“Then at approximately 6:30 somebody from the FAA called the Greensburg Police Department and inquired if we were looking for a downed plan. They informed us that they had been tracking the plane on the radar and they lost the plane about two miles south of the runway here in Greensburg,” Meyerrose said.
Wreckage of the plane was found about 1.5 miles south of the airport. Meyerrose said the plane was destined for Greensburg after taking off from Muncie earlier in the evening.
The four victims of the crash have not yet been identified. The aircraft was registered to Donald P. Horan, of Greensburg, according to FAA records.
“If this is in fact Greensburg people – everybody in Greensburg knows everybody – then it could be a very sad time for the people of Greensburg,” said Meyerrose.
Investigators with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be at the crash scene Monday morning to begin their assessment of the crash.