Small Plane Crash in Indiana Had No Survivors

February 23, 2018 Updated: February 23, 2018

A plane crash in Indiana late Thursday left no survivors, police said.

The Cessna 441 crashed in a field in Carroll County, reported RTV.

The exact location was near 500 West and 600 South roads, just north of Rossville.

Officials said at least three passengers were on board the small plane.

Sources told the broadcaster that flight data indicated the plane was between 18,000 and 28,000 feet when it vanished off the radar.

Shortly after, multiple people called 911, reporting a plane crash.

The plane originally took off from Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis at 7:21 p.m.

Flight records indicated it was headed to Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board were scheduled to arrive on Friday to investigate the crash.

The FAA placed a 3-mile radius no-fly zone on the area of the crash until Feb. 24, reported the Clinton County Daily News.

On Friday, two of those killed in the crash were identified as businessman John Pagel and his son-in-law Steve Witcpalek.

Pagel and his family operate Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, a dairy farm with more than 5,300 cows and 100 employees, reported the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The family also operates the Cannery Public Market in downtown Green Bay, while Pagel was on the Kewaunee County Board.

Titletown Brewing Co. Chief Operating Officer Jim Kratowicz, who helped the family set up shop in Green Bay, said the death is a tragedy.

“We liked the whole farm-to-table concept, but John’s reputation was highly respected. It’s one of the reasons we started doing business with them,” Kratowicz said.

“But it was also a great personal fit. It’s a really, really a good family and John was a great friend to us. Personally and professionally, this is a tragedy.”

The plane was owned by Ponderosa Aviation, which has the same address as Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy.

According to Business Jet Traveler, the Cessna 441 is a solid airplane that holds its value well and is highly sought after.


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