One dead after plane crashes in Warren Co.

A 68-year-old Illinois man is dead after a plane crash in Warren County Saturday.

Posted: Jan. 28, 2018 11:10 AM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 9:28 AM

WARREN CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- One person is dead after a plane crash in Warren County Saturday. That's according to Sheriff Bill Miller.

EMA director Phil Astell said the plane crashed in the early morning hours Saturday, and it was found early Sunday morning.

The pilot of the plane has been identified as George P. Irick Jr, 68, of Congerville, Illinois.  The family has been notified.

Astell said the small four-seat plane crashed near County Roads 450 South and 400 West.

That's just south of West Lebanon.

More than 50 people were called out to look for the wreckage.

The search, which started around midnight Sunday, was called off at 4 a.m.

Indiana State Police then returned to the scene at 8 a.m. with a helicopter and located the plane.

Warren County Sheriff Bill Miller said the search took an extensive amount of time because of the remote area the plane crashed in.
"The area we are currently at is at a remote part of our county, heavily wooded with deep ravines," he explained. "There are not any houses around for quite a distance out so it would have been hard for anyone to have heard the plane crash."

Police are still waiting on the Federal Aviation Administration to release any further information.

The National Transportation Safety Board is set to begin its investigation Monday.

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