Police: Northern Indiana pilot dead in small plane crash

Police say a northern Indiana pilot died after his small plane hit power lines and crashed in a farm field in northern Indiana.

Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel says 55-year-old Neal Myers of Middlebury died in the crash Thursday night about 2 miles east of Goshen Municipal Airport.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro told The Goshen News that Myers was practicing approaches to the airport when his 1998 Piper PA32 crashed about 8 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane dive into the field, hitting the power lines on the way down. Fire destroyed the plane afterward.

Emergency crews at the crash site had to use extreme caution because of high-voltage lines on the ground.

Officials could not confirm if the incident was related, but more than 5,000 Indiana Michigan Power and REMC customers lost power in parts of Noble County around the same time. 

The cause of the outage was listed as a problem with the transmission line. Crews worked throughout the night to restore power.

REMC restored power to its customers by 1 a.m. Friday. I&M had power restored by 1 p.m. Power was restored to some areas of Ligonier by 8 a.m.

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