3 dead in SE Indiana plane crash


Stephen Wheeles says three people and one dog were killed in the plane crash. Authorities believe the plane caught fire after it crashed.

Hours later, the plane was being tracked by Cincinnati Air Traffic Control when it disappeared from radar. Officers found the wreckage and firefighters extinguished the blaze. A second dog survived and showed up at a nearby residence and was taken to a local veterinarian to be treated for injuries.

The Indiana State Police is conducting a joint investigation with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

They said one dog survived the crash.

"It will be an ongoing scene for quite a while because you have the magnitude of the crash and the area where it's at, being such a wooded area, a little bit hard to get to", Wheeles said.

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Autopsies will be performed on all three crash victims December 18.

Investigators are still working to confirm the identity of the people on the aircraft before releasing names. The ISP said the investigation is ongoing and may take weeks to complete.

A dog aboard the plane also died.

A single-engine Cessna that was heading to Frederick, Md., from Kansas City, Mo., crashed into a wooded area just after 9 p.m. near Oldenburg in Franklin County, Indiana police said in a news release.

WCPO will update this story.