Plane Leaves Smyrna Airport; Crashes in Gary, Indiana

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This is a photo of the Cirrus SR22, the type of aircraft that crashed Wednesday morning.

A single-engine plane that left Smyrna Airport crashed Wednesday morning in Gary, Indiana. The aircraft that was registered to a Florida firm. Citizens who were near the crash site, rushed to help and said they could not get too close because of the fire. Despite initial FAA reports saying only one person was on the Cirrus SR22, residents said they thought there were two bodies seen. 

Officials say the Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in a wooded area about one-mile southeast of the the Gary-Chicago International Airport. The crash occured a little before 11:30 Wednesday morning (Central Time) and was reportedly 400 feet from the Lighthouse Charter School.

The flight, which arrived in Smyrna Tuesday night and flew out Wednesday morning, did not originate here. According to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the coroner was called to the scene of the crash and at this time it has not been confirmed whether there were one or two persons.


According to the FAA, the airplane is registered to Gandy Air, LLC in St. Augustine, Florida.

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