Virginia man dies in Starke County plane crash
STARKE — One man is dead following a single-engine plane crash in a homemade experimental aircraft Monday afternoon in Starke County.
James A.W. Evans III, 68, of Stafford, Va. is believed to have died instantly, according to Starke County Coroner Kris Rannell's report. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30.
At 2:50 p.m. the Starke County Sheriff's Department 911 emergency call center received a call about a plane crash. The caller said the crash happened near S.R. 8 along the south end of the Starke County Airport, in Knox.
Officers with the Starke County Sheriff's Department, Knox City Police and Hamlet Police Departments, along with Knox Center Township Fire Department responded to the crash site to assist.
Officers discovered upon arrival at the scene a single-engine RV-6 Vanns Airplane located approximately 20 yards off the highway crashed in a cornfield.
Reports indicate Evans was attempting to stop at Starke County Airport to refuel, before continuing on to Oshkosh, Wis. for an airshow, when his aircraft went down.
Preliminary cause of the crash is unknown. Both the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) are investigating the crash.