Four die in Greensburg plane crash, NTSB to assist in investigation

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The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive in Greensburg Monday afternoon to help with the investigation into a deadly plane crash that killed four people.

Authorities located wreckage and the bodies of four victims near the Greensburg-Decatur County Airport. Authorities have not identified anyone killed in the crash as of Monday morning.

Residents living near the airport called 911 to report the crash around 6:19 p.m. Sunday.

Callers told dispatchers they saw a plane go down about two miles south of the runway.

About 15 minutes later, a member of the Federal Aviation Administration contacted Decatur County Dispatch regarding a plane that air traffic controllers had lost contact with.

According to the FAA, the plane had been cleared to land at the Greensburg airport shortly before they lost contact with it.

Crews searched for nearly four hours before coming upon the wreckage about 1.5 miles away from the Greensburg airport where the plan had been cleared to land. About 30 minutes later, they found the bodies of four people.

“Obviously the weather hampered our search last night a little bit. We had about 100, maybe 125 people out here last night. Firefighters, all of our neighboring county law enforcement came in to assist us, but the weather kind of slowed us down a little bit,” said Detective Bill Meyerrose with the Greensburg Police Department.

Meyerose said positive identification on the four victims is still pending. Investigators with The National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive at the crash site Monday afternoon.

A public records search showed that plane to be registered to Donald Horan of Greensburg. An FAA spokesperson also confirmed the tail number assigned to the plane.

Authorities have not confirmed if Horan or another individual was flying the plane when it crashed.

They also have not confirmed the identities of the passengers. That information is expected to be released Monday morning.

A member of the search team told Fox59 the pilot and his wife are Greensburg residents reportedly traveling with another couple.

Aviation website FlightAware shows a plane, a Piper Mirage, scheduled to land at the Greensburg airport at 6:19 p.m. from Fort Walton Beach, Fla.