GOSHEN — The person who died in a plane crash near Goshen Municipal Airpot on Thursday around 8 p.m. has been identified, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office.
The pilot and only occupant of the plane was Neal Myers, 55, of Middlebury. He was the owner of Max Myers Motors.
Police said Myers was flying a private Piper four-seat aircraft. Preliminary information shows that Myers was taking off and landing, practicing approaches, at the Goshen Airport when the plane went down, crashing into a power line and then the ground.
The plane went down in a field approximately 550 yards west of C.R. 33, between C.R. 40 and C.R. 42. Callers reported observing the plane in the air and then crashing into the ground and catching on fire, according to police.
Jason Miller, who lives right next to the field, said he called 911 and went see what had happened after hearing the crash.
"I was probably the first one back there," Miller said. "Just fire. I didn't see anybody or anything. Just seeing the plane burning."
The Sheriff's Office contacted the Federal Aviation Administrion, which advised that the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
Crews, including electric company employees, could be observed working near the crash site Friday morning.