Plane Carrying 3 Passengers Crashes in Indiana

One person was injured Tuesday after the propeller of a small plane came off causing it to crash.

According to Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land, the Fort Wayne Air Traffic Control received a call around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday about a plane crash northwest of Urbana, Indiana. A short time later, the Wabash County Sheriff received a call from a person on the plane stating that the aircraft had crashed.

A small plane carrying three people crashed in Wabash County, Wednesday, September 24, 2013.

The pilot of the plane, Rex Ott, 62, of Danville, Iowa told investigators that the engine malfunctioned and the propeller came off. Ott said he was able to control the 1963 Beechcraft and glide it into a soybean field.

Jeff Biehl was the first firefighter to arrive on the scene after taking some time to determine exactly where the crash had occurred.

Firefighters were initially given incorrect directions. “They rerouted us after we were in route,” Biehl said. “It was actually behind my house instead of where I was planning on going.”

Timothy Swift, 59, and Tracy Swift, 52, of Washington, Iowa, were passengers on the plane. Tracy suffered a possible broken leg and was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital.

“All three of them are going to live through it, that’s the nice part,” said Biehl.

The accident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. The Urbana Fire Department and the Wabash Fire Rescue assisted at the scene.

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