Preliminary report released on deadly Monroe Co. plane crash

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report into the deadly plane crash that happened near Bloomington earlier this month.

The Sept. 18 crash killed 51-year-old Russell Kotlarek of Saukville, Wisconsin and 72-year-old Thomas Saccio of Blounts Creek, North Carolina.

The NTSB says a flight plan was not filed. Initial reports indicated the pilot contacted the control tower operator at the Monroe County Airport and reported he had a low fuel pressure indicator problem.

Several witnesses reported seeing the plane — a kit-built Seawind 3000 seaplane — according to the NTSB. One witness said the plane was on fire.

The seaplane crashed about three miles north of the Monroe County Airport, in a wooded area on Oard Road near State Road 48. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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