Victims of Indiana plane crash included medical professor and his daughter

Posted at 11:11 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 05:32:07-05

BATESVILLE, Ind. -- Two of the three people killed Saturday evening in a small airplane crash were experienced members of the United States Civil Air Patrol, according to a statement issued by the CAP Monday night.

The organization, which functions as the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, reported the deaths of Majors Louis Cantilena and Paul Schuda in the crash. The third victim was Cantilena’s daughter.  A dog aboard the plane also died.

Watch drone footage of the wreckage in the player below:

Schuda was director of the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center at Ashburn, Virginia; Cantilena taught clinical pharmacology and medical toxicology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Each had served 20 years in the CAP.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said the group had been traveling from Kansas City, Missouri, to Frederick, Maryland, when the plane went down in a wooded area in Franklin County on Saturday.

Firefighters arrived quickly to douse and clear the wreckage, but Wheeles estimated it could take days to clean up the scene.

"It will be an ongoing scene for quite a while because you have the magnitude of the crash and the area where it's at, being such a wooded area, a little bit difficult to get to," Wheeles said.

Wheeles added it was not yet clear what caused the crash.

Only one survivor got off the plane: A second dog, which showed up injured at a nearby home and was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.

MORE TOP STORIES | Three paws ripped off Anderson family dog; police search for person responsible | Plainfield police captain on leave after 'white male privilege' comment at training session | Kokomo toddler dies after being suffocated by folded rear SUV seat | Former Purdue basketball player killed in chain-reaction crash on I-65 involving 3 semis, car | HOME TOUR: This amazing Bloomington lake house will blow your mind

Top Trending Videos