Victims in Darke County plane crash identified

The NTSB says the pilot had a student pilot's license

(WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
(WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board will be giving an update on the investigation into the plane crash that killed two men Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker released the names of the victims. The men who died were friends, according to Whittaker. Clayton Heins, 20 and Jacob Turner, 19 were in the plane and Whittaker said Thursday Heins was at the controls.

The NTSB said the crash site is about 100 yards wide and would not characterize the crash as a forced landing. Investigators will look at all of the factors that could have affected the flight of the aircraft.

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Mark Folkerts, an investigator with the NTSB said Heins had a student pilot’s license and should not have been flying with a passenger.

On Wednesday, a plane was found crashed in a cornfield in the 7100 block of Dull Road near Arcanum.

READ MORE: NTSB to investigate fatal Darke County plane crash

Authorities say it appears the men took off around 8 in the morning from a private landing strip close to where it crashed.

The men and plane were missing until a family member flew over and found the scene, hundreds of feet deep in the field, just before 2PM. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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