Thursday 4 April 2024

Couple on a morning stroll badly burnt by plane crash

A couple out on their usual morning stroll had the extremely unlikely and unfortunate experience of almost being struck by a plane. The two victims were walking on a trail close to Delaware County Regional Airport shortly before 10.30am on Monday, when a four-seater Piper Cherokee traveling from Bloomington-Monroe County Airport, IN (BMG/KBMG) to Muncie-Delaware County Airport, IN (MIE/KMIE) crashed onto a field.

Both pedestrians were burned by a fire that ignited as the plane smashed into two lines of trees by Cardinal Greenway path, according to the Delaware County Sheriff. ‘They’re out doing some exercise, going for a walk, and the next thing you know they’re almost being struck by a plane and killed. It’s very unfortunate, we’re praying for the best for everyone involved.’

One of the individuals was in a very serious condition, as was the pilot who needed to be cut out of the wreckage.  All three were rushed to local hospitals.

The pilot did not issue any call for help as it dropped from the sky.
‘There was no communication of an emergency from the aircraft,’ the airport’s manager, Tim Baty ‘At some point, he decided he was going to circle back and basically missed the approach and circled back and this is what happened.’

The pilot got into trouble before crashing, said emergency officials.

Construction workers who were on an electrical job at the airport managed to put out the blaze before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

It was the first plane crash in Delaware County resulting in serious injuries in two decades, Baty said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board and could take months to determine due to the condition of the wreckage being examined.

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: CR Aviation LLC
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-236 Dakota
Registration: N8438B
Serial Number: 28-8211002
Engine: Lycoming O-540-J3A5D
Built: 1981
Age: 43 Years

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