A pilot is dead after a plane crashed this afternoon in Howard County. 

Around 5 p.m. deputies from the Howard County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the southeast corner of State Road 22 and County Road 300 East for reports of an airplane crash.

Upon arrival, deputies located a twin-engine plane a few hundred yards from the roadway in a soybean field. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the plane was occupied by one person, who appeared to be deceased. Deputies then requested the Howard County Coroner, who, upon arrival, pronounced the pilot deceased on scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transformation Safety Board have been notified and the scene will remain secured until their arrival. The HCSO is asking the public to remain clear from the scene as this is an active investigation that will likely be lengthy. As of now, State Road 22 and County Road 300 East have been reopened for vehicular traffic.

Out of respect for the families involved, the name of the deceased pilot and any other information is being withheld pending death notification.

The HCSO was assisted on scene from members of the Kokomo Police Department, Indiana State Police, Kokomo Fire Department, Greentown Fire Department, Howard County Coroner’s Office, and the Howard County Emergency Management Agency.