GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) - Four people were killed when a plane crashed in Decatur County on Sunday night.
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.
The identities of the four people onboard were not released, but authorities said the plane was registered to Donald Horan of Greensburg, a local businessman.
"If it is in fact who we believe to be, (the victims include) a community businessman, his family, along with another couple," Greensburg police Detective Bill Meyerrose said.
Records show he had only owned the plane since October. The plane had departed Greensburg for Florida on Friday.
"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," Meyerrose said. "(Officials) advised they had been following the plane on radar and had lost the plane about two miles south of the Greensburg runway."
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