ISP: Mechanical problem to blame in Batesville plane crash

Published: Jun. 8, 2016 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM EDT
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BATESVILLE, IN (FOX19) - The pilot of a single occupant plane sustained multiple fractures in his legs after crashing into a wooded area in Batesville Wednesday, according to Indiana State Police.

Franklin County troopers responded to the crash near Batesville Aviation Service Airport on Enochsburg Road and Three Mile Road at around 11:45 a.m. The crash was less than half a mile from the air strip.

An initial investigation shows that the ultralight homemade single person aircraft piloted by Terry C. Fruchtnicht, from Osgood, Indiana, took off from the airport and soon experienced a mechanical problem, according to ISP.

The aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area.

Indiana State Police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said firefighters and EMS personnel worked for approximately 30 minutes to get the pilot out of the plane.

Fruchtnicht was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Federal Aviation Administration spent approximately five hours at the scene to investigate.

The investigation is ongoing.

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