Fountain County man killed in plane crash

FOUNTAIN CO., Ind. (WLFI) – According to Indiana State Police, a small plane crash killed a Fountain County man Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday near E. Covered Bridge Road in Fountain County. The Fountain County coroner said that 72-year-old Charles A. Coffing of rural Covington was killed in the crash.

Roy Jones witnessed the event as he was sitting on his porch eating lunch with his family. He estimated the plane to be about 300 feet in the air when the engine sputtered, the plane spun, and then nose dived to the ground. Jones then went to see if the pilot was alright.

“I jumped in the truck. My daughter called 911. I ran over and unfortunately I don’t think he knew what hit him. The impact was just massive, massive.”

Indiana State Police say Coffing was flying a single seat ultralight plane, when it crashed into a residential yard next to the Rob Roy Bridge.

Indiana State Police, Attica Police and Fire departments, Fountain County EMS, and the Fountain County coroner were all called to the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

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