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77-year-old pilot killed in small plane crash in Bartholomew Co.

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HARTSVILLE, Ind. – Authorities say the pilot of a small plane was killed in a crash in Bartholomew County on Wednesday afternoon.

Thee crash occurred at 20950 E County Rd 200 N which is about three miles south of Hartsville just before 1 p.m.

Investigators believe the pilot, 77-year-old Ren Sagaert of Shelby Township, Michigan, was taking off in his 1940s Temco Swift plane at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

An autopsy was performed by a forensic pathologist on Thursday, April 13. The coroner has ruled the manner of death accidental and the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, chest, abdomen, and extremities, pending toxicology.

The crash is being investigated by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.