CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities in Clark County, Indiana say a small plane that took off shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday headed to Chicago has crashed and there are no survivors.
The incident took place in the area of 2627 Crone Road, Emergency responders arrived at the rural area and found a debris field from the crash. The plane reportedly left the Clark County Airport around 11:24 en route to Chicago.
It crashed near Memphis, Indiana, about 15 miles north of Louisville.
According to Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, the plane is in a heavily wooded area only accessible by foot. The Indiana State Police, the FAA and NTSB will conduct an investigation into the crash.
The private Cessna left Clark County Airport in Indiana and was headed for Midway Airport.
Three people were on board. Wayne Estopinal was one of those killed.
The Indiana businessman was reportedly headed to a convention in Chicago. Ball State University released a photograph of Estopinal. Authorities said they lost contact with the plane shortly after takeoff.
“Once officers arrived that location and went into the wooded area, they did find the debris field in that area. They looked for survivors of the plane crash however there were no survivors of the plane crash,” said Sergeant Rich Myers of the Indiana State Police.
Authorities have not yet confirmed the identities of the others on board the plane.