No Survivors In Carroll County Plane Crash
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. -- Three victims of a Thursday night plane crash in Carroll County, Indiana have been identified.
The Cessna 441 went down around 7:30 p.m. in a field near Carroll County Roads 500 West and 600 South, just north of Rossville.
The plane took off from Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis at 7:21 p.m., according to flight records. It was headed to Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The plane flew from Green Bay to Indiana Thursday morning.
At 7:39 p.m., data shows that the plane was between 18,000 feet and 28,000 feet when it disappeared off radar, according to Call 6 sources. Shortly after, multiple people called 911 in Carroll County, reporting a plane down. People who live in the area who heard the crash say it sounded like thunder.
First responders had trouble finding the wreckage at first because it was so dark and far back in a field. They eventually used ATVs and other off-road vehicles to access the area.
The victims have been identified as John Pagel (pictured in the middle in the photo to the right), Steve Witcpalek, and pilot Nathan Saari. Witcpalek is Pagel's son-in-law. Pagel is the CEO of Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, a farm in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.