A plane crash near the Huntingburg Conservation Club this morning sent the pilot to a regional hospital.
Indiana State Police say the Dubois County Dispatch Center recieved a call just after 10:35 this morning of a plane crash near the Huntingburg Conservation Club lake along County Road 100 West about 1 mile east of the Huntingburg Municipal Airport.
Witnesses reported that the plane was flying in low over a cornfield across County Road 100 West when it took down power lines before the plane crashed about 35 to 40 feet past the Conservation Club’s 12 acre lake.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a crop duster registered to Milhon Air Incorporated of Martinsville.
The FAA says that the plane was only occupied by the pilot, who suffered serious injuries. He was taken from the scene by ambulance to the Huntingburg Airport, where he met a life-flight helicopter and was airlifted to a regional hospital. The pilot’s name has yet to be released.
County Road 100 West was closed as a result of the downed power lines, but the road has since been reopened. The Conservation Club was closed down by Indiana State Police as they were awaiting the arrival of an FAA investigator.
Employees with the Huntingburg Airport, Indiana State Police, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Huntingburg Police, Huntingburg Utilities, Memorial Hospital EMS, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the president of Milhon Air Incorporated, and the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene. Vectren and Dubois REC also were at the scene to repair damaged power lines.
The FAA says the investigation may take several weeks and they do not comment on ongoing investigations.