The news published 02/22/2019

A plane crashed in a field near Goshen Municipal Airport in Elkhart County Thursday night. The pilot was reported dead.

Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel said that the plane was a multiperson aircraft, but the pilot is believed to have been the only one onboard and the only casualty.

Police told the plane was witnessed to be maneuvering before it suddenly wrecked into a field and knock down power lines on the way down. The plane exploded on impact.

Around the same time, over 5,000 Indiana Michigan Power and REMC customers lost power, but it wasn’t clear if the incident caused the outage. The cause of the outage is listed as a problem with the transmission line.

REMC restored power to its customers by 1 a.m. Friday. 

Indiana Michigan Power reduced its outages to about 1,800 around 12:30 a.m. Those customers remained without power through the morning. Crews worked through the night to repair damaged power lines in the area of the crash, but it’s not clear when power will be restored to all customers.

The investigation is expected to be conducted by The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday.