MARION, Ind. (WFFT) – The two people killed in a collision of two aircraft at the Marion Municipal Airport have been indentified.
Grant County Coroner Chris Butche says the victims are pilot, 31-year-old Kyle Hibst, and passenger, 31-year-old David Wittkamper, both of Elwood. They were members of the Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision.
The Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department posted the following statement on their Facebook page last night.
"It is with great sadness and sorrow we announce the passing of two of our own. Fire Fighters Kyle Hibst and David Wittkamper were taken from us due to a aviation accident yesterday afternoon. Words cannot express the pain and loss each of us feel. Our hearts go out to both families involved. Rest Easy Brothers we will take it from here."
The crash happened just after 5 p.m.
Police said a single-engine plane was taking off and crashed into a small jet that had just landed.
The two people on the single plane died in the crash.
The five people on the jet were not hurt.
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