NTSB releases preliminary report for Darke County plane crash

Darke County Deputies and the Darke County Coroner are on the scene of a plane crash in Arcanum. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Darke County Deputies and the Darke County Coroner are on the scene of a plane crash in Arcanum. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The preliminary plane crash report for the accident in Darke County that killed two young men was released by the NTSB. It says the plane took off without a flight plan on September 14th from a private grass strip at 8:00AM.

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The men who died were friends, according to Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. Clayton Heins, 20 and Jacob Turner, 19 were in the plane and Whittaker said Thursday Heins was at the controls. Mark Folkerts, an investigator with the NTSB said Heins had a student pilot’s license and should not have been flying with a passenger.

According to the preliminary report, a Facebook video post by Turner helped the NTSB determine the plane was near the grass strip with Heins flying and Turner in the rear seat. The plane crashed about 300 yards away from the grass strip where they took off from. Both wings and fuselage were damaged in the crash.

According to the report, the plane came to rest about 100 feet from the initial ground impact point.

The final crash report has not yet been released.

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