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Sat, Apr 22, 2006

Five Students Lost In Indiana Plane Accident

Plane Went Down In Fog On Approach To Land

School officials have confirmed that the five people onboard a Cessna 206 (file photo of type, below right) that went down Thursday night while on an ILS approach to land at Bloomington's Monroe County Airport were students from Indiana University's School Of Music.

"This would be a tragedy for the school," IU spokeswoman Susan Williams said. "It's an important school. Some of the best music students in the world come here."

The students were heading to Bloomington from Lafayette, IN when ATC lost radar contact with the plane, State Police Sgt. Joe Watts told the Associated Press. The plane was on approach to land when it went down just south of the airport shortly before midnight in fog, and the pilot had activated the airport's runway lights.

Several 911 callers reported hearing "the spit and sputtering of an airplane," said Van Buren Township deputy fire chief Mike Corman.

The victims' names were not immediately released. The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the accident.

**   Report created 4/21/2006   Record 1
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IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 120HS        Make/Model: C206      Description: 206, P206, T206, TP206, U206, TU206,  (T
  Date: 04/20/2006     Time: 0340

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
  City: BLOOMINGTON   State: IN   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  ACFT CLEARED FOR ILS 35 APPROACH TO BLOOMINGTON INDIANIA AIRPORT WHEN THE
  AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, BLOOMINGTON, IN

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   5
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   1     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   
                 # Pass:   4     Fat:   4     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   

WEATHER: BMG 0325Z SPEC 24006KTS 2BR OVC003 17/16 A2994

OTHER DATA

  Departed: LAF                         Dep Date: 04/20/2006   Dep. Time: 0230
  Destination: BMG                      Flt Plan: IFR          Wx Briefing: U
  Last Radio Cont: 4 MI SOUTH BMG
  Last Clearance: CLEARED FOR ILS 34 APPROACH

  FAA FSDO: INDIANAPOLIS, IN  (GL11)              Entry date: 04/21/2006

FMI: www.ntsb.gov, www.faa.gov

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