Lancaster, Indiana, Jefferson County – Indiana State Police have released more details on the Monday morning plane crash in Jefferson County, Indiana.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s office has identified the pilot of this morning’s fatal plane crash as 81- year-old Dr. Henry Schirmer Riley of Hanover, IN.
It is reported Dr. Riley left Madison Municipal Airport at approximately 11:30 a.m. in his single-engine Piper Comanche 250 airplane. At approximately 11:38 the first 911 calls were received reporting the downed aircraft.
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived on scene at approximately 3:15 Monday afternoon to conduct their portion of the investigation. Right now it is still undetermined what caused the plane to crash and it is unknown how long it may take to make a determination into the cause.
Investigations of this nature can take anywhere from several days to several months to complete.
No further information will be released at this time. As other information is released by investigators, it will be forwarded to the media.
The crash occurred in an open field approximately ¼ mile off Rector Road. Since it is on private property, only officials associated with the investigation will be permitted to approach the crash area.