Pilot dies in plane crash near Kokomo

Pilot dies in plane crash near Kokomo

UPDATE: Howard County Coroner Steven Seele on Sunday identified the pilot as 59-year-old Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald of Tampa, Florida.

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — A man died Saturday in a twin-engine plane crash near Kokomo.

The Saturday afternoon crash was along State Road 22 near County Road 300 East, according to Capt. Jordan Buckley with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot, who was the plane’s sole occupant, died at the scene of the crash, Howard County Sheriff Jerry Asher said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the plane had taken off from Kokomo Municipal Airport sometime before 5 p.m.

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Deputies found the plane crashed in a soybean field.

One neighbor, who asked not to be named, said she saw the plane fall out of the sky.

“As it got behind the house, here, it went down- one wing went down low to the ground,” the neighbor said. “And then the wing hit the ground and the plane went right on into the field…I saw the wing start dipping down and i knew he wasn’t going to be able to right the plane… I’m yelling at the aircraft, actually. I’m saying ‘Get up in the air!’ And then when it hit i kept saying ‘No, no, no, no! you can’t do that!’… somebody lost their life. And i don’t like seeing things like that. people shouldn’t have to die like that. that had to have been ugly and very frightening for him.”

That neighbor said many smaller planes are seen in the area because of the airfield a few miles away.

The NTSB on Saturday night said the crash was being investigated.