Pilot killed in Grant County plane crash

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GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO) – A pilot has died following a fiery plane crash in Grant County Thursday afternoon.

Our partners in news at ABC 21 report the plane went down in a field near State Road 22 at the Marion Municipal Airport.

Area roads were closed for several hours Thursday evening as the scene was investigated.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the agency was investigating along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

60-year-old Jeffrey Barrett of Chesterfield was killed. At this time the cause of the crash is unknown.

It’s the second fatal plane crash at or near the airport this year.

Two Madison County firefighters died April 2 when their plane hit another at the airport. An early report from the Federal Aviation Authorities indicated one was landing while another was taking off, and the pilots did not see each other.

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