Witness recounts plane crash into Ind. golf course

September 16, 2011

A man who witnessed a small plane crash into an Indiana golf course says he rushed to help, but both occupants were dead when he arrived.

Eric Smith tells the Indianapolis Star ( http://bit.ly/oVE1KT) he was the first to reach the plane Thursday afternoon after it circled above the Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, 25 miles north of Indianapolis, and “corkscrewed” onto a green.

The 45-year-old Smith, who lives near the golf course, says he pulled away a wing that was lying on top of one of the occupants, but the man had no pulse. Only when emergency personnel arrived did he realize there was a second man in the plane.

Noblesville Police Lt. Bruce Barnes says the identities of the victims wouldn’t be released until family members are notified.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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