Air traffic control audio reveals pilot’s concerns before deadly Bloomington crash

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By Tanae Howard

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Sept. 19, 2014)-- "5-1-6-0 whiskey we're just north of the field. We've got a fuel pressure low indication. We'd like to come directly in just in case there is something really wrong."

That was the first indication to air traffic controllers at the Monroe County Airport that something was wrong with the plane that eventually crashed with two men on board.

It was about five minutes after that call controllers didn't hear from the pilot again. Another flight crew in the area flew overhead and confirmed the worse case scenario.

"There's a burning fire down there but we cannot see the wreckage."

Emergency crews responded to the area at Oard Road and State Road 48 near the Monroe County Airport.

While approaching the airport from the north traveling south, the plane lost altitude and crashed into a small shed and wooded area behind a residence. The plane was immediately engulfed in flames and there were no survivors.

The FAA confirmed the small plane went down short of the runway in a wooded area around 12:45 p.m.  A navigation safety inspector said the single-engine aircraft caught fire, badly burning the victims’ bodies.  Coroner Nicole Meyer said identifying the deceased will take time and dental records will be needed.

BMG Aviation removed the wreckage from the crash site Friday morning. It's now locked away in an airport hanger until the FAA begins its investigation. The airport director expects that to begin early next week.

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