January 11

Pilot, daughter killed in crash into relative’s home

first_imgThat was about 45 minutes after the single-engine Cessna crashed into the residence of Eric Johnson’s former mother-in-law, Vivian Pace, Bursten said. “It is just gut-wrenching to think about what was happening to that child just prior to the crash,” Bursten said Monday night at a news conference in Indianapolis. Father and daughter had been on a trip together, but Beth Johnson expected the girl to be in school by Monday morning, Bursten said. “She had a feeling this morning something was wrong,” Pace told WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Authorities will not know for sure whether the crash was intentional until the National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation, which could take up to a year, Bursten said. INDIANAPOLIS – A pilot took his 8-year-old daughter up in a small plane Monday and crashed it into his former mother-in-law’s house in southern Indiana, killing himself and the girl, authorities said. A preliminary crash investigation leads “us to believe that this was an intentional act,” Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. The crash in Bedford, about 20 miles south of Bloomington, killed Eric Johnson, 47, of Bedford and his daughter, Emily, Bursten said. Emily did not go to school Monday, and Johnson’s ex-wife, Beth Johnson, went to Bedford police headquarters about 11:30 a.m. to say she believed he might have abducted the girl, Bursten said. Witnesses said the plane appeared to be trying to land when it veered sharply and went out of sight, the newspaper reported on its Web site. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more