Wreckage of missing plane found about 1.5 miles from fairgrounds in Decatur County
Aircraft cleared to land, lost contact
Last Updated: 367 days ago
GREENSBURG, Ind. - Four people were killed when a plane crashed in Decatur County on Sunday night.
Donald Horan, 46, and his wife Barbara Horan, 45, and Steve Butz, 45, and his wife Denise Butz, 42, were killed in the crash, officials said. All four were residents of the Greensburg area.
A spokesman on behalf of the Horan family said the two couples have left behind six children -- four Horan daughters and two Butz sons.
"It is with much heaviness of heart that I announce that God has called four of our loved ones home," he said.
Initial reports from dispatchers said the plane may have crashed just before 6:30 p.m.
Authorities found the wreckage of the plane about a mile and a half away from the fairgrounds, officials said.
Authorities said the plane was registered to Donald Horan, and officials confirmed he was piloting the plane.
Records show he had only owned the plane since October. The plane had departed Greensburg for Florida on Friday.
Officials said the two couples went to Destin, Fla., for a weekend getaway. The couples were traveling with six others, who were in a different plane that landed safely in Columbus, officials said.
"They were good Christians. They attend the same church I do. One of the gentlemen was a businessman in Greensburg, very active in the community," said Mayor Gary Herbert. "It's sad and tragic that this accident would take their lives so early. "
The Piper 46 was about two miles south of the Greensburg airport when it was cleared to approach, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The aircraft lost contact shortly after it was cleared to approach, but no landing was reported.
"From what I've been told, it appears the plane may have bounced and then traveled a little bit further. I can only speculate at this point," William Meyerrose, with Greensburg police, said. "(Officials) advised they had been following the plane on radar and had lost the plane about two miles south of the Greensburg runway."
Officials said the cause of the crash is still under investigation but said it was foggy and misty Sunday evening.
Authorities said the runway's rotating beacon light was on, but the runway lights were not activated.
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