Plane crashes en route to Indiana airport from Destin; 4 dead

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Two southeastern Indiana couples were killed when their plane crashed while approaching their small hometown airport in foggy, misty conditions, authorities said Monday.

The crash Sunday night near Greensburg Municipal Airport killed pilot Don Horan, 46; his wife, Barbara, 44; Stephen Butz, 45; and his wife, Denise, 42, Greensburg Police Capt. Bill Meyerrose said. All four were from Greensburg and were heading back after a weekend outing in Florida with six others. They had taken off from Destin, Fla., and crashed just a mile from the Greensburg airport.

The six others who were part of the excursion flew in another plane that landed safely at a larger airport in nearby Columbus instead, Meyerrose said.

The Horans have four daughters, and the Butzes have two sons.

The Indianapolis Star reported Horan also owned multiple properties, records showed, including land in Okaloosa County — in the vicinity from which the plane had taken off earlier Sunday before it crashed. The plane came from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida, according to Records on indicate the plane left Greensburg on Nov. 30 for the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area. The site also shows the plane had made two other flights in November, both to Delaware County.  

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