Missing NKY pilot dies in plane crash in Indiana

Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM EDT
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GALLATIN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A northern Kentucky pilot was killed in a plane crash in an Indiana corn field, officials said.

Gallatin County resident Robert Askins, 57, vanished shortly after flying out of his personal airstrip on Jerich Road about noon Thursday, Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale said.

"All we know is he took off and didn't return. It's very unusual for him," the sheriff said in a phone interview Friday morning.

Askins would have called his wife if he was going to be out longer than expected.

"We fear he is down somewhere in the area in between Kentucky and Indiana. He wouldn't have been flying to Cincinnati or anything. He only flies in the local area around Gallatin County," the sheriff said.

"We have searched every field within a 50-mile square radius, every place he would get fuel if he was going to be out a long time. We checked everything. and nothing."

Askins logged a flight plan with the Federal Aviation Administration in Indianapolis advising he would be up for a pleasure flight in the area and return at dark, Neale said.

The FAA alerted the sheriff's office when Askins didn't return by 9 p.m.

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