Family deals with another tragedy after Darke Co. plane crash

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ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the two young men who were killed in Wednesday’s plane crash are 19-year-old Jacob Turner from Greenville and 20-year-old Clayton Heins from Arcanum.

In March of this year 2NEWS spoke with Clayton’s father, Pete Heins after a tornado destroyed the family’s barn on Dull Road.

A month later, Heins’ wife of nearly 25 years died suddenly in a tragic accident.

“Now we have to go through the same thing again with him and Pete just doesn’t deserve it right now,” said Cheyenne Keeton, a friend of the family.

On Thursday, Mark Folkerts, an investigator with the NTSB gave more information regarding the plane crash.

According to him the single-engine Piper Cub PA-11 went down in a cornfield off Dull Road, near Arcanum at a high rate of speed.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as necessarily a forced landing,” Folkerts said.

The wreckage was pulled from the cornfield on Thursday and further investigating at the site is not necessary.

“We look primarily at three different areas. The man, the machine and the environment. We’re going to look at anything that may have affected the pilot’s aircraft. As well as any kind of medical history,” Folkerts said.

At the time of the crash, Clayton Heins only had his student license certificate for flying, according to authorities. It’s against FAA regulations to fly with a passenger without a private pilots license.

The NTSB official expects to remain in Darke County for a couple more days to complete the investigation.

A preliminary accident report is expected in the next several months but a final report could take until next year.

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