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1 person dies after plane crash near Madison, Ind. airport

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Indiana says one person has died after a small plane crashed near the Madison Municipal Airport.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace, the crash took place just after 11 a.m., near Grange Hall Road and Chicken Run Road. Wallace said a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft struck a wooden frame and then power lines near the airport, and that emergency responders had to wait for representatives of Duke Energy to arrive to secure the area before they could approach the plane.

"He had just taken off from the Madison Municipal Airport, which is just three quarters of a mile from the scene of the crash," Wallace said. "The plane was on fire when we arrived – and with the high-voltage power lines in play, we had to obviously play it safe for our first responders. Once we secure that area, we will be able to do an additional investigation to find out more."

Shortly after the plane crashed, a woman showed up at the scene, saying she believed the pilot who was killed was her husband, but his identity has not been released.

Late Thursday, the FAA and NTSB arrived on site to further investigate and determine what went wrong. 

The road is expected to be closed through Friday morning. 

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