A 60-year-old Marion man died Thursday afternoon when his twin-engined plane crashed south of the city’s airport.
Jeffrey Barrett lived in Marion. According to Gage Barrett, his grandfather had been fixing the aircraft and took it up for a test flight because he had been having issues with the engine and possibly the fuel gauge. Jeffrey Barrett was the only person on the plane, his grandson said.
The crash was along State Road 22, on the south side of the road and south of one of the airport’s runway, between state roads 9 and 37.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash of the Piper PA-30, a twin-engined cabin monoplane.
Marion Fire Chief Geoff Williams confirmed the fatality to News 8 just before 3 p.m. The crash happened when the plane nosed-dived.
Grant County Sheriff Ed Beaty said by email that officials with the Federal Aviation Administration also were heading to the crash.
The crash was the second in Grant County this year. On April 2, two Madison County firefighters were killed when their plane hit another at the Marion Municipal Airport.
An early report from the Federal Aviation Authorities indicated one was landing while another was taking off, and the pilots did not see each other.
The Marion airport does not have a control tower, and its traffic is controlled from Chicago.