Plane crash claims the life of 1 person

Published On: Oct 03 2012 06:15:43 PM EDT
GARY, Ind. -

Authorities say at least 1 person has died after a single-engine plane crashed Wednesday morning into a wooded area about a mile from the Gary airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the number of people dying in the crash is "in flux" after earlier stating the plane carried only one person and that person had died.

She says the Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed south of the Gary/Chicago International Airport after departing Smyrna, Tenn., Wednesday morning.

Gary police spokesman Commander Sean Jones says the plane crashed in a wooded area about 400 to 500 yards from the nearest structure.

The FAA says the plane is registered to Gandy AIR LLC in St. Augustine, Fla. A phone call to the business rang unanswered Wednesday afternoon.

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