COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - Ten people were interviewed as of Friday morning after a small plane crashed into a house Thursday , injuring both the plane's passengers.
Federal investigators were expected at the house on the north side of Columbus Friday evening to work to determine a cause of the crash. 24-Hour News 8 learned Thursday that the plane involved in the crash had problems in the past , including an emergency landing in Illinois.
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Gerald Clayton was piloting the plane when it went down on Thursday. As of Friday morning, he remained in serious condition in the burn unit of Wishard Memorial Hospital. The other occupant of the plane, Dennis King, remained in fair condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital Friday morning.
Clayton built his plane over eight or nine years, according to his friends. It had a converted Subaru car engine powering it. Clayton was described as a meticulous pilot who made certain to follow FAA regulations.
"We think we knew what Jerry was doing," said Tom Vickers, a friend of Clayton's. "Trying to avoid hurting other people to the extent that he could."
"He was headed in the direction of an open field, but not enough altitude to get there," said Gordon Lake, another friend who volunteers with Clayton at the Atterbury Bakalar Air Museum.
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Neither of the men in the plane had been interviewed by investigators as of Friday morning. Columbus Police Lt. Matt Myers said the key will be talking to the pilot and his passenger. They hope to do that Friday. But he said determining an official cause from federal investigators will likely take months.
"It will take some time. If we're looking for answers in the next couple of days on exactly why, that's not going to happen," Myers said.
Federal investigators will let insurance adjusters go through the house first. Then investigators will load up the evidence and take it elsewhere.
Investigators asked residents to avoid the crash area to allow investigators time and space to work.
One woman was home when the plane hit the house Thursday. She was able to get out safely.
Police dispatchers in Hancock County say two medical helicopters were called to the scene of a crash late Wednesday night.
SWAT members were called to the city's northwest side Wednesday night.
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