Small plane crashes at Porter County Regional Airport near Valparaiso; 1 dead

VALPARAISO, Ind. (WLS) -- One person was killed Thursday morning when a plane crashed at Porter County Regional Airport near Valparaiso, Indiana.

The single-engine Piper Comanche crashed around 10:45 a.m. under unknown circumstances, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official. The plane was departing Valparaiso.

Chopper 7 HD was over the scene around noon. The plane appears to have landed nose-down in a grassy area between two runways. Emergency crews were on the scene.

No information has been released about the person who died.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified. The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash, with the NTSB in charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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