Wednesday, September 14, 2016


On September 14, 2016 at approximately 1:40 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an airplane down in a cornfield in the 7100 block of Dull Road, which is south of Arcanum, Ohio. Darke County Deputies, Arcanum Rescue and Arcanum Fire were dispatched to the scene. When responders arrived they located a yellow Piper Cub single engine aircraft crashed into a standing cornfield approximately 150 yards east of a railroad bed and north of Dull Road. The two-seater aircraft was occupied by two adult males who were pronounced dead at the scene.

Darke County Coroner Dr. Kathman and his investigator’s responded to the scene. Dr. Kathman is withholding the names of the deceased pending a forensic examination and positive identification. The deceased were removed and transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The FAA and NTSB were notified. FAA personnel arrived on scene and assisted emergency personnel with the investigation and processing the scene. NTSB personnel are expected to arrive within the next 24 hours or less. Deputies will remain on the scene pending the arrival of NTSB investigative personnel.

Preliminary information suggests that the aircraft took off from a private landing strip on Dull Road sometime this morning. Witnesses also report seeing the plane flying in the Arcanum area this morning. At approximately 1PM this afternoon a resident reported to a Darke County Deputy the plane and its occupants were missing. Apparently at about the same time a family member was flying a private aircraft over the area conducting their own search for the missing aircraft and its occupants. The family member spotted the downed aircraft in the cornfield from the air and called 911 to report the discovery. At this time it is unknown exactly what time the crash may have occurred this morning.

The crash remains under investigation. When the Darke County Coroner releases the names of the deceased an update to this release will be provided.

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