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Small plane crashes into ditch and SUV on Lincolnway West


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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A small plane crashed into a ditch off Lincolnway West, just outside of the South Bend Airport around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday.

“We received a call of a small aircraft that had gone down just shy of the Southwest runway. The officers arrived to find that this plane that you see behind us had experienced some difficulty in landing and at the time that it was coming in the roadway over US 20, it clipped a passing vehicle that was traveling westbound," said Lieutenant Gene Eyster of the South Bend Police Department.

The SUV was traveling west on Lincolnway West/US20.

"There were some minor damages to the vehicle. Obviously, the driver was very shaken, but no injuries sustained," said Lieutenant Eyster.

The flight originated in Kansas City and was headed to Minnesota. The pilot had stopped in South Bend to refuel.

There were two people on the plane at the time it landed in the ditch.

"The plane landed here in the easement between the roadway and the fence line of the airport. It experienced some damage to the wing and the undercarriage," said Lieutenant Eyster.

A representative with the National Transportation Safety Board will respond to the scene and will conduct an investigation.

The plane suffered damage to the left wing and propeller.

There were no injuries in the incident.


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