On November 17, 2018 at approximately 4:20 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue, The Darke County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team, and the FAA were dispatched to the Darke County Airport at 9724 State Route 121 reference a plane crash.
Investigation revealed that the pilot, Charles White, 77, of Gallatin, Tennessee was attempting to land the 1999 Piper Saratoga, single engine aircraft, eastbound on the main runway. The aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in a farm field that is owned by Darke County. One of the landing gear and the left wing came off of the aircraft during the crash. There was no fire or explosion during this incident.
White and the lone passenger, and owner of the aircraft, Jeffrey Kingsbury, 66, of Gallatin, Tennessee were uninjured in the crash and refused medical treatment at the scene. Kingsbury was later transported to Wayne Hospital for issues unrelated to the crash.
The NTSB will be on scene Sunday as this crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.