Courtesy photo – Indiana State Police
Jeffersonville, Ind. – July 7, 2023
Authorities are investigating a single-engine plane crash that occurred in a cornfield near Jeffersonville, Indiana on Thursday morning. The Indiana State Police (ISP) Sellersburg Post, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are conducting separate investigations into the incident.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, officials received a report about a potential plane crash in the vicinity of Port Road and Middle Road, situated around a mile north of the Ohio River and east of the Port of Indiana north of Louisville, Kentucky. The crash site, located about three-quarters of a mile south of Middle Road, was not visible from the roadway. Responding officers and first responders discovered a small, two-seater Diamond Katana personal aircraft in an upright position in the field.
Both the pilot and the passenger escaped unharmed. The occupants, who were residents of Louisville, Kentucky, stated that they had departed from Bowman Field in Louisville. Following standard procedure in Indiana, the ISP Sellersburg Post will carry out the preliminary investigation, after which all relevant information will be handed over to the FAA for a more comprehensive examination.
FAA officials arrived at the crash site on Thursday afternoon to initiate their investigation. Based on the preliminary findings, detectives from the ISP suspect that a mechanical malfunction might have played a role in the crash. However, the FAA will assume responsibility for determining the final cause of the incident.
The Jeffersonville Police Department and the Jeffersonville Fire Department were the first to respond to the scene and have been collaborating with the ISP Troopers in the ongoing investigation.
Authorities have not released the identities of the pilot and passenger at this time. Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.