— Authorities declined to speculate on the cause of the crash Monday. Rainy and foggy conditions were present around the Decatur County area Sunday evening and the inclement weather may have been a factor.
Authorities confirmed Donald Horan was the pilot of the aircraft at Monday’s press conference.
Three members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived in Decatur County Monday morning and began sifting through the wreckage at approximately 11:30 a.m. That group also stabilized the crash site. Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Robert Duckworth said the aircraft came to rest in a wooded area, on uneven terrain.
The recovery effort resulted in the extrication of the four deceased at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were set to arrive Monday afternoon, but were delayed. They were expected to arrive at the site later Monday evening.
A somber press conference allowed Greensburg Fire Department Captain Brian Wenning to read a statement on behalf of the families of the victims, who leave behind a total of six children.
Through the statement, the families thanked the community for its prayers and support and asked for the opportunity to grieve in private.
“God has called our loved ones home,” Wenning read.
Father John Meyer of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kramer stood next to Wenning at the conference.
Detective Meyerrose recapped the previously released information, then complimented the combined efforts of the numerous emergency personnel who responded to Sunday’s tragedy.
“We had so much help, so quickly,” he said.
Meyerrose said the airport’s beacon light was operating correctly Sunday night. The runway lights, which are activated by pilots as they initiate a landing, were not turned on.
Meyerrose also offered kind words for the families of the victims.