Plane crash in Marion kills Chesterfield man

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MARION, Ind. – A plane crash in Marion killed a man Thursday afternoon.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says it happened shortly before 2:20 p.m. in an open field about 50 feet north of US 35. That’s just south of the Marion Municipal Airport.

When officers arrived, the plane was fully engulfed in flames. Fire Departments from Mill Township and the Marion Fire Department arrived and the plane was extinguished.

Investigators believe the pilot, 60-year-old Jeffrey C. Barrett from Chesterfield, was the only occupant of the plane.

The reason for the crash is unknown at this time. Federal officials with the FAA and NTSB are investigating the incident. Several wittiness have been interviewed regarding what actions were observed from the plane prior to the crash.

This crash comes less than a year since another plane went down in Marion, killing two firefighters from the Pipe Creek Fire Department. Before that, in 2015, an Indianapolis man’s plane crashed in the area, killing him.

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