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3 dead after airplane crashes behind Indiana home; dog also dies

3 dead after plane crashes behind Indiana home
3 dead after plane crashes behind Indiana home
Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-17 07:39:40-05

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Indiana — All three people aboard a small airplane are dead after it crashed Saturday evening northwest of Batesville.

A dog aboard the plane also died. Another dog survived and was evaluated by a veterinarian.

The Cessna went down behind a home on Hamburg Road at about 9 p.m. The single-engine plane was traveling from Kansas City, Missouri to Frederick, Maryland, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

He said it was not immediately clear why the plane crashed.

Firefighters were the first to arrive, to put out a fire. They said the rural landscape made efforts more difficult—- a circumstance that also will affect removal of the wreckage.

"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.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive Sunday.