May 04

Small plane crashes into truck in Huntington County

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police.
Photo courtesy Indiana State Police.

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – No major injuries have been reported after a small plane crashed in Huntington County on Monday.

The crash happened close to the Huntington Municipal Airport, at U.S. 224 and State Road 5 just before noon. According to a release from Indiana State police, the plane crashed into the back of a truck during an emergency landing attempt.

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police.
Photo courtesy Indiana State Police.

One caller told NewsChannel 15 police were diverting traffic as they worked on the scene.

May 04

Perthshire plane crash victims named

Two men killed in a light aircraft crash in Perthshire have been named. The pair are understood to be Andrew Thompson, 37, from Chester in Cheshire, and John MacKinnon, 53, of Ross-shire.

The wreckage of the small plane was found on Sunday near the village of Abernyte about four hours after it went missing. Police said formal identification of the pair was yet to take place.

The aircraft, which departed from Inverness, was heading to Dundee airport for about midday yesterday when it lost contact with air traffic controllers a few miles west of the hub.

The weather was said to be poor at the time the plane went missing, with heavy rain, fog and 35mph winds. A large ground and air search was launched for the plane, involving police, coastguard teams and the RAF.

Rescuers discovered the wreckage at about 4pm and later confirmed the deaths of those on board. Police and a team from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch were continuing their work at the wreckage site.

An AAIB spokeswoman said its investigators arrived at the site on Sunday and remained at the scene Monday.

A police spokesman said: “Joint investigations to establish the full circumstances of the crash will continue, and formal identifications of both deceased will take place in due course. As with all sudden deaths, a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

May 04

Plane crash investigation launched, pilot dead

The investigation into a plane crash at the Penn Yan Airport is expected to continue Monday.

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it had notified the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, and that the runway remained closed.

The pilot, Steven P. Seely, 55, of Stanley, Ontario County, was found dead in his plane after the crash.

Seely was practicing takeoffs and landings in an older single-engine Cessna, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was heading south on the runway when the plane veered off to the east, striking the ground hard with its nose.

The plane spun around and came to rest with its tail against the airport fence and trees about 100 yards from the runway.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the crash.

Seely was a member of the Penn Yan Flying Club, but owned his own plane and kept it at the airport, the Sheriff’s Office said. He had a student pilot license.

Emergency responders found Seely dead inside the plane, strapped into his seat, the Sheriff’s Office said. Yates County Coroner Steve Culver pronounced him dead at the scene.

A caller from the adjacent Lakeside Country Club alerted Yates County 911 to the crash around 11:38 a.m. on Sunday. The airport is in the town of Milo, just south of the village of Penn Yan.

Seely was the owner of Seely Engine Machine business in Ontario County. A fire damaged the shop in January, according to news reports.

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