Investigators say the pilot struggled to regain control of the aircraft before it crashed into a central Indiana farm field, killing all three people aboard.
"Even though he's a young adult, kids, they do some crazy things with their cellphones," a Clinton County sheriff's deputy said.
The plane was on its way from Indianapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A woman died Friday from injuries she suffered in a two-car crash on State Road 26 East in Tippecanoe County.
The 11-year-old and 12-year-old boys were operating an ATV at a high rate of speed when they lost control and struck multiple trees.