(Update 5:33-pm) Clarinda man dies in small plane crashe


February 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) – Officials are investigating a small plane crash in southwest Iowa that killed the pilot.  Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 53-year-old Jac Crain, of Clarinda, was killed in the crash that happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Crain’s BD-4 experimental, single-engine plane came to rest about 100 yards away from a farm house that’s about 2 miles southwest of Clarinda. The plane was registered to Crain Construction, Incorporated. It was manufactured in 2005.

A BD-4 experimental aircraft similar to one that crashed (from BD-4.org)

Sheriff’s Officials couldn’t say Sunday evening if Crain had issued a distress call, or if there was any indication of engine failure prior to the crash. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will work with local officials on Monday, to determine what caused the crash.

FAA records show the BD-4 Crain flew had a Lycoming engine capable of producing up to 200-horsepower.