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1 dead in small plane crash near Lafayette, police say

Person dies in small plane crash near Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP/WISH) — One person died after a small plane crashed near Lafayette, police said Friday.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies discovered the plane’s wreckage in a field off U.S. 231 northwest of Lafayette. The plane was reported missing around 3:30 p.m. Friday but was believed to have crashed Thursday night.

One fatality has been confirmed, Lt. Greg Frantz said, but the victim’s name was not immediately released.

Deputies said they were waiting on National Transportation Safety Board investigators to arrive at the scene Friday evening.

Jeff Pittard, president of Purdue Aviation LLC, told News 8 that his company owned the aircraft.