No visibility led 2nd pilot to divert before crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Investigators say foggy, misty conditions at a southeastern Indiana airport forced a pilot to land elsewhere shortly before a plane flown by a second pilot crashed near the airport, killing all four people aboard.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Stuart Bothwell said Thursday that the plane that crashed had enough fuel, appeared to be working properly, and its landing gear was down when it crashed Sunday night, killing pilot Donald Horan and his wife and a second couple.

The four were returning from a Florida trip with six people aboard a second plane. Bothwell says the pilot of that plane tried to land 20 minutes before Horan, but couldn't find the runway and diverted to another airport.

WRTV-TV and The Indianapolis Star report the investigation could take nine more months.

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