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(4-3-18) According to the Federal Aviation Administration a single-engine Cessna 150 was about to take off  when it hit the tail of a Cessna 525 Citation Jet, that had just landed at the Marion Indiana Municipal Airport on Monday evening.

Two Pipe Creek Township firefighters were were killed in the incident.

Statement from Pipe Creek Township Fire Department-

“The Pipe Creek Township Fire Department is saddened by the loss of two firefighters from their department tonight.   Firefighters Kyle Hibst and David Wittkamper were killed when their plane crashed at Marion (Ind) Airport late this afternoon.

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Kyle Hibst joined the fire department on 2/12/2011 and served as a firefighter and EMS Chief for the department.   Kyle’s wife Kim Hibst is also a member of the fire department. Kyle is the father of one young boy.

David Wittkamper joined the fire department on 5/12/2007 and served as a firefighter.   David’s father and grandfather were past members of the Pipe Creek Fire Department and David grew up with the firefighters as his family. David is married to Autumn Wittkamper.

Chief Richard Shepherd is saddened by the loss of these two great individuals who have given so much back to their family, community and this fire department. The members of the Pipe Creek Fire Department are all at a loss as they come together to help each other thru this difficult time.   Chief Shepherd is grateful for the outpouring of support from the emergency services in Madison County. Please respect the privacy of our firefighters, and the families who have lost loved ones tonight.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and will be released later this week.”

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