11:49 PM EST, December 3, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation of a plane crash that killed four people.
The pilot, Donald Horan, was on board with his wife Barbara. Their friends, Stephen and Denise Butz, were also flying back on the flight.
They were flying back to Greensburg from Destin, Fla. inside a Piper PA-46 Malibu when it crashed. The plane was registered to Horan.
Around 6:19 in the evening, someone nearby called 911 saying a plan had crashed almost two miles from the airport. At 6:30 in the evening, the Federal Aviation Administration called the Greensburg police department. They had been tracking the plane on the radar and lost the signal. The plane landed on uneven terrain.
According to authorities, the Greensburg airport is unmanned, self-service facility.
Authorities said runway lights are activated by the pilot. The rotating beacon was working, but the lights did not come on.
Greensburg Detective William Meyerrose said it was foggy and misty Sunday night. Meyerrose said it will be up to the NTSB to determine what caused the plane crash. The cause is unknown at this time. NTSB agents will return to the site of the crash Tuesday.
Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis issued a statement Monday night, regarding the deaths of the four people onboard.
"On behalf of Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin and the entire Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of Donald Horan and his wife, Barbara Horan, and Stephen Butz and his wife, Denise Butz, who were killed in a plane crash Sunday night near Greensburg. These deaths are particularly painful because the Horans leave behind four girls and the Butzes two boys.
"I also wish to express my sorrow to the parishioners of St. Mary Parish in Greensburg where the Horans and Butzes were parishioners. Donald, Barbara, Stephen and Denise were good and faithful Catholics and will be greatly missed.
"Donald and Barbara have been very active in serving their parish and the greater archdiocese over the years. In 2010, the Horans were co-chairs of the annual United Catholic Appeal, which raises nearly $5 million each year for ministry needs throughout the archdiocese. They travelled to every corner of the archdiocese to raise funds for ministry needs. Donald also was a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Community Foundation and served as president of the foundation in 2011. The Catholic Community Foundation oversees 407 endowments with nearly $138 million in assets. These funds are used to pay for everything from operating Catholic schools, the good works of Catholic Charities, capital improvement projects at parishes to educating seminarians. Donald also played a key role in raising the money to build a new Catholic grade school for St. Mary Parish.
"I ask every to please keep the Horans and Butzes in their thoughts and prayers."