Plane took off from Columbus before fatal crash

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

A plane that crashed near Oldenburg on Saturday, killing three people, had just taken off from the Columbus airport, according to officials.

The crash happened at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday night in woods behind a home near Oldenburg. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police says that all three people and a dog in the plane died. A second dog survived and turned up a at a nearby home. That dog was taken to the veterinarian for its injuries.

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

The single engine Cessna had left Kansas City, Missouri and was heading to an airport in Frederick, Maryland. It took off from Columbus shortly before the crash, says Brian Payne, director of the Columbus Municipal Airport.

Autopsies are scheduled for today and the names of the victims will not be released until those are complete. The cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. .