Police Investigating Possibility Crash Was "Intentional
REALTIME UPDATE 03.05.07 1910 EST: New information
has surfaced on Monday's crash of a small plane near Bedford, IN...
that casts a disturbing pall on an already sad story.
Indianapolis television station WRTV-6 reports authorities have
identified the passengers as pilot Eric Johnson, 47, and his
eight-year-old daughter Emily. Police state Emily had been reported
missing by her mother at about the time the crash occurred.
Furthermore, the home into which their Cessna 150M crashed
belongs to the pilot's former or estranged mother-in-law.
So far, a preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police
"lead us to believe that this was an intentional act," said ISP
spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten.
1900 EST: Officials have confirmed two persons,
a man and a small girl, were onboard a Cessna 150 that crashed into
a home near Indiana's Grissom Memorial Airport Monday morning.
Photos from the scene show the tail section of a red-and-white
aircraft buried among the wreckage of the home, with
registration number N66513 plainly visible. FAA records show that
number assigned to a Cessna 150M (type shown at right), registered
to an owner in Bedford, IN.
ANN will continue to update this story as more details become
EST: At least one person onboard an aircraft, tentatively
identified as a Cessna 150, was killed Monday morning when the
plane impacted a house near Virgil Grissom Memorial Airport (KBFR)
in Bedford, IN.
Airport officials tell The Associated Press the unidentified
pilot rented the plane that morning from a facility at the airport.
The plane went down just after takeoff, and witnesses told the The
Times-Mail newspaper it appeared the plane may have been attempting
to land back at the airport.
Reports indicate a second person was onboard the plane, but that
has not been confirmed. Two women inside the home were able to get
out safely, according to officials.
NOTAM 7/4815 is in effect
around the accident site until further notice.