Plane crash pilot identified; club closed

From local sources

HUNTINGBURG — Officials have identified the pilot in Friday’s crop duster crash near the Huntingburg Conservation Club lake at 8727 W. 100W as 53-year-old John A. Layne of Danville.

Layne remains at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, according to Indiana State Police. He was listed in fair condition today, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The conservation club is closed in the wake of the accident.

The wreckage of the single-engine Air Tractor AT-802A registered to Martinsville-based Milhon Air Inc. was removed Saturday, according to club board member Leonard Gehlhausen Jr. Soil at the site containing spilled fuel and pesticide was to have been removed as well, but the work was delayed.
Members of the private club southeast of the city are concerned that weekend rains may have caused contaminants to run into the lake.

As a safety precaution, the club is closed until the results from tests on the water come back.
Gehlhausen said that is expected to happen Friday.

The club does not have a dollar estimate of the damage caused to the property, Gehlhausen said. The plane took out several small trees and left a gash in the earth.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.





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