CLARK COUNTY, Ind. — A private jet headed to Chicago Midway International Airport crashed Friday in southern Indiana.
According to Indiana state police, three people, including the pilot, were aboard. There were no survivors.
R. Wayne Estopinal was among those killed. Estopinal was a member of the Ball State University Board of Trustees, the university said.
The Star Press reports Estopinal was on his way to Chicago for a ceremony honoring Ball State at the city’s Renaissance Hotel.
Ball State released a statement saying, “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that R. Wayne Estopinal, a Ball State University Board of Trustee member and a 1979 graduate of our College of Architecture and Planning, has passed away in a plane crash today in southern Indiana. He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you.”
Officials said the plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. Friday in a wooded area near 2627 Crone Road in the area of Borden. In a statement, state police said, “Emergency Responders arrived at the rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash.”
The FAA said the jet, a Cessna Citation C525, was flying from Clark Regional Airport in Clark County to Midway when it disappeared from air traffic radar.
Local emergency crews were on the scene Friday afternoon. The FAA is investigating.. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.