Autopsies On Batesville Airplane Crash Victims Monday
By Mike Perleberg
Some of the wreckage from a plane crashed in a wooded area near the Batesville Airport on Saturday, December 16. Photo by Indiana State Police.
(Batesville, Ind.) – Autopsies are scheduled Monday on the three victims of a Saturday night airplane crash near Batesville and Oldenburg.
The Franklin County coroner says the bodies were recovered Saturday night after the single-engine aircraft went down in a wooded area off North Hamburg Road in Batesville.
Three people and a dog died in the crash. A second dog was found injured and wandering near the wreckage.
he single-engine Cessna was en route from Kansas City, Missouri to Frederick, Maryland. It had just made a stop and taken off from the Columbus, Indiana airport before the pilot appeared to steer toward the runway at the Batesville Airport, according to flight path data available on FlightAware.com. That airport closed on December 1.
“Cincinnati Air Traffic Control reported that a plane that was being tracked disappeared from RADAR in the area where the crash was reported. Officers arrived on scene and located the fire from the wreckage in a heavily wooded area behind a residence. Fire personnel were able to make it to the crash scene and extinguish the flames,”said Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.
A cause of the crash has not been speculated by investigators at this point. Indiana State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and the county coroner are investigating the crash. Wheeles said the investigation may take weeks to complete.
“The victims’ identities will not be released until the Franklin County Coroner’s Office can confirm their identities and speak with the next of kin,” said Wheeles.