News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 15, 2013

No pilot when plane found in Purdue airport fence


Associated Press

---- — WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Police are trying to find whoever was piloting a small plane that went off a Purdue University Airport runway and ended up in the airport’s perimeter fence.

Airport staff reported finding the single-engine propeller plane this morning but no one was with it. Purdue Police Chief John Cox tells the Journal & Courier that the plane apparently landed sometime after airport had closed Tuesday night.

The plane went off the runway, over a dirt embankment and into the chain-link fence. The plane remained upright and Cox tells WLFI-TV that it has minor damage.

Cox says the plane is registered to a California owner but that police weren’t sure who was flying it.

— Associated Press