Sep 30, 2009 10:49 PM by Associated Press

Northcom: Small plane down in Indiana

U.S. military officials say a small, small single engine plane crashed near Muncie, Indiana, after operating erratically.

They said they believe the pilot had been suffering from a lack of oxygen. A spokesman for U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs said that military officials do not believe it is terrorism related. Instead, Michael Kucharek said the pilot may have blacked out due to a condition known as hypoxia.

The plane crashed in a field on a farm. Officials said the pilot was the only person on the plane. Kucharek said the pilot took off from a small airport near Grand Rapids, Mich., and was at an altitude of about 23,000 feet and descending slowly. He said the plane was heading south-southeast and had been speeding up and slowing down to dangerous speeds. Law enforcement was on the scene.


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