— “Everybody knew these people,” said the detective. “We will miss them immensely.”
Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert called the deaths a “great loss for the community.”
Mayor Herbert called the four victims “pillars of the community,” referring to Don Horan as “a go-getter who made things happen.”
The Mayor closed his interview by adding that those killed in the crash will be missed.
Don Horan was known throughout the community for his generosity, especially for St. Mary’s.
Horan donated a large sum in helping bring the new elementary school to fruition.
St. Mary’s staff declined comment Monday asking only that those killed in the crash be remembered in the community’s prayers.
Story posted Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
A plane crash claimed the lives of four individuals Sunday evening.
According to reports from Greensburg Police Department (GPD) Detective Bill Meyerrose, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) received an emergency call at approximately 6:19 p.m. Sunday from a local resident claiming a plane had crashed.
At about 6:30 p.m., the GPD received a call from the FAA asking if an investigation into the missing aircraft was being conducted. The plane had been tracked via radar, but the signal had been lost approximately one and a half to two miles south of the Greensburg Municipal Airport.
More than 125 law enforcement officials and emergency responders from fire departments throughout the county soon arrived at the Decatur County fairgrounds and set up a makeshift operations center in the fair buildings.
The craft was finally located at approximately 10:45 p.m. Det. Meyerrose confirmed the four casualties shortly after midnight.
Responders used ATVs to reach the crash site, which was said to be about a mile to a mile and a half south of the airport.
Det. Meyerrose told media the families of the victims had been notified late Sunday evening, but he declined to release the names of those killed in the crash.
The FAA and Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks are expected to be on the scene Monday morning to investigate the crash further.
Meyerrose said the coroner’s office will release the names of the victims at a later time.
Earlier reports identified the aircraft as a Piper PA-46.