More details released on fatal SW IA plane crash


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A 53-year-old Clarinda man was killed in a plane crash in southwest Iowa’s Page County. Jac Crain, the owner of Crain Construction, left the Clarinda airport around 1:25 Sunday afternoon. The Clarinda 911 center got a call about a crash two miles southwest of Clarinda around 1:33 p.m. Upon arrival, officers determined that Crain was the only occupant of the crashed aircraft. Clarinda Airport Manager Milo Beery said the accident appears to have been a “stall-spin” mishap. 

The FAA has been called to investigate and Beery says while it is too early to tell, he believes something other than pilot error will be ruled as the cause of the crash. Crain, who has been a licensed pilot for “15-20” years according to Beery, has owned the BD4 airplane for about 5 years now. However, Beery says the BD4 has only been in the Clarinda hangar for about the last six months. 

Beery says the plane was considered to be an experimental aircraft because it was not factory built, but rather built by an aviation enthusiast.

(Chuck Morris/Radio Iowa, Shenandoah)