Plane in fatal Ind. crash faced poor weather

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A preliminary federal report says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in southeastern Indiana, killing him and three passengers, was navigating solely by onboard instruments in foggy, misty conditions when his plane made its fatal plunge into a field.

Wednesday's report from the National Transportation Safety Board states that weather conditions were so poor at the time of the Dec. 2 crash another pilot on a similar flight path diverted from the Greensburg airport and landed safely at another airport.

Witnesses told investigators pilot-activated runway lights were not illuminated when the single-engine Piper Malibu crashed about a mile from the Greensburg Municipal Airport, some 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The report says those runway lights were checked after the crash and were found to be working properly.

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