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ISP: 2 dead after small aircraft crashes in Shelby County cornfield

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Nov 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-27 10:34:12-05

SHELBY COUNTY — Two men were killed when a small aircraft crashed near the Shelbyville Municipal Airport on Wednesday.

Indiana State Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a plane crash about a mile north of Interstate 74 in Shelby County at 4:50 p.m., ISP said in a news release.

Officers found smoke rising from a burning single engine aircraft that had crashed in the middle of a cornfield.

"After the fire was extinguished, the remains of one adult man was visible in the wreckage," ISP Sgt. John Perrine said in the release. "Troopers continued to examine the damaged aircraft and later that evening the remains of a second adult male was located in the wreckage."

Police were not certain if anyone else was on board when the plane went down.

The victims' names will be released after their familes have been notified.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be responding to the scene to take over as the lead investigator.

No additional information has been provided.

The FlightAware website tracked a Cirrus SR22 airplane that took off from the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington at 4:05 p.m. and lost radar contact near Shelbyville at 4:46 p.m.

That plane was registered to the Maxwell Group in Charlotte, N.C., according to FlightAware.