No survivors in plane crash in southern Carroll County

Authorities are gathered in southern Carroll County at the scene of a plane crash. (Photo Provided/Joseph Haan)

OWASCO, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Police say no one survived a small-plane crash in southern Carroll County on Thursday night.

The plane was on its way from Indianapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to its flight plan. It had flown from Green Bay to Indianapolis this morning, arriving at 9:30 a.m.

Dotted line shows expected flight path while the green line is the actual plane’s flight path. (Provided Photo/

Police say the crash of the Cessna Conquest II twin-turboprop happened about 7:35 p.m. near the intersection of county roads 600 South and 450 West, about 3 miles north of the town of Rossville and less than a mile east of the unincorporated community of Owasco.

The Associated Press is reporting that Indiana State Police say at least three people were on board. Our sister station WFRV reports that one of the people on board has been identified as John Pagel, the owner of a large farm in Wisconsin. His son-in-law, Steven Witcpalek, and pilot Nathan Saari have also been identified as victims.

The plane was headed to Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport, according to WFRV. Federal aviation records show the plane is owned by Ponderosa Aviation, which shares an address with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

State police said the plane left Indianapolis from Eagle Creek Airpark on the city’s northwest side.

Police said the crash is in a rural, remote area. The remoteness was hampering communications. Mud was hampering the investigators.

Witnesses told police they heard a racecar sound before the crash.

Emergency radio traffic indicated a large debris field.

Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis tweeted it was providing assistance with an unmanned aerial system.

Investigators said they expected to remain at the crash scene through sunrise.

No additional information was immediately available.