Passenger: Plane had engine woes before Ind. crash

COLUMBUS, Ind. - The passenger injured when a home-built plane crashed into a central Indiana house has told investigators the aircraft was having engine problems when it went down.

Columbus police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers says Dennis King has told them the plane was slowing down but the engine was racing at the time of the crash Thursday.

Myers told The Republic for a story Sunday (http://bit.ly/1c3SwUm ) that investigators were able to interview King in an Indianapolis hospital.

The 60-year-old Columbus man remained in fair condition Sunday in the burn unit at Wishard Memorial Hospital. A spokeswoman says 81-year-old pilot Gerald Clayton of Columbus remains in serious condition there.

Myers says investigators haven't been able to talk with Clayton yet because of the extent of his injuries.

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