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Corporate jet crash in Indiana kills all three on board, including Ball State University trustee

A corporate jet crashed in Indiana on Friday just four minutes after it took off, killing all three people on board, including newly-reappointed Ball State University trustee R. Wayne Estopinal, 63 (pictured)

A small corporate jet crashed in Indiana on Friday just four minutes after it took off, killing everyone on board.

Newly re-appointed Ball State University trustee R. Wayne Estopinal, 63, has been confirmed as one of the three people, including the pilot, who died in the crash in the city of Borden.

An architect and soccer lover who founded the MLS team for Orlando City, Florida, Estopinal was a valued, engaged member of his community who will be greatly missed.

‘Wayne Estopinal was a strong, innovative business leader known for dynamic building design and his tremendous vision that helped to bring professional soccer to Louisville, and by helping it succeed. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing,’  Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer said.

The identity of the pilot and the third person on board the Cessna Citation C525 have not been confirmed at this time, ABC reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

The plane went down in Borden, Indiana, just minutes after taking off at 11.24am, police said

The plane went down in Borden, Indiana, just minutes after taking off at 11.24am, police said

The plane carrying Estopinal and another passenger took off from Clark County Airport in Sellersburg, Indiana at 11:24am Eastern, police said.

By 11.28am, police had received reports over dispatch of the downed aircraft in a wooded area on Crone Road, between Maisly Lane and Cummins Road.  

A few large pieces of the plane remained in tact amid the tiny pieces of debris tat littered the ground in the area, Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said.

Sources have said Estopinal (pictured) was heading to a conference in Chicago

Estopinal (pictured) and his unidentified traveling partner expected to land at Midway International Airport but their plane fell off radar in a matter of moments after takeoff

Estopinal and his unidentified traveling partner expected to land at Midway International Airport but their plane fell off radar in a matter of moments after takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Chicago office said.

Sources have said Estopinal was heading to a conference in Chicago.

Estopinal was just re-appointed to a trustee position on the board of Ball State University on Tuesday, according to Ball State’s Daily News.

Estopinal was just re-appointed to a trustee position on the board of Ball State University on Tuesday. Estopinal is pictured at Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Commencement on May 5

Estopinal was just re-appointed to a trustee position on the board of Ball State University on Tuesday. Estopinal is pictured at Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Commencement on May 5

Estopinal tweeted on May 5: 'More Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Commencement! Dean Phil Repp (left), Speaker Michael Johnson (right) and some guy who draws lines for a living!'

Estopinal tweeted on May 5: ‘More Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Commencement! Dean Phil Repp (left), Speaker Michael Johnson (right) and some guy who draws lines for a living!’

Informing the school of the passing of the 1979 graduate of its College of Architecture and Planning, Rick Hall, Chair of Ball State University Board of Trustees, and Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns said of Estopinal: 

‘He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you.’

Estopinal was the CEO of TEG Architects and founded the Major League Soccer team for Orlando City, Florida.

‘The Orlando City SC organization would like to express its deepest sympathies for Founding Owner Wayne Estopinal, his family, the fellow passengers and everyone else who was impacted by today’s tragic plane accident in Indiana,’ the team said in a statement.

‘Wayne was one of the first to believe in our Club and the dream to bring Major League Soccer to Orlando. While serving on our Board of Directors, he continued his legacy by building Louisville City FC into one of the most dominant franchises in the United Soccer League. He will be deeply missed, but his impact on the Orlando City organization and American soccer will be felt for years to come.’

Estopinal was also once the face of Louisville City FC’s ownership group, an organization he had belonged to from its very beginning.

An architect and soccer lover, Estopinal was a valued, engaged member of his community who will be greatly missed. Estopinal is pictured with men from Kentucky Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire on November 14, 2017

An architect and soccer lover, Estopinal was a valued, engaged member of his community who will be greatly missed. Estopinal is pictured with men from Kentucky Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire on November 14, 2017

Estopinal tweeted on November 14, 2017: 'Kentucky Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire, building the sport of soccer! Good things ahead! Thanks Caddy and Jamie for our meeting today'

Estopinal tweeted on November 14, 2017: ‘Kentucky Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire, building the sport of soccer! Good things ahead! Thanks Caddy and Jamie for our meeting today’

'Enjoying London! Great times! Love being her with sandy!' Estopinal captioned a photo shared to social media on July 4, with Sandra Holland Johnson

‘Enjoying London! Great times! Love being her with sandy!’ Estopinal captioned a photo shared to social media on July 4, with Sandra Holland Johnson

Estopinal is shown with Johnson in a photo shared to social media on October 5, 2017

Estopinal is shown with Johnson in a photo shared to social media on October 5, 2017

‘We at LouCity are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of club founder Wayne Estopinal,’ President Brad Estes told ABC 11.

‘We would not be the club we are today without his innovation, leadership, and hard work, and his contributions to the community are something for which we are incredibly grateful. Our hearts are with Wayne’s family and loved ones at this time.’

LouCity principal owner John Neace said: ‘Greater Louisville lost a great corporate citizen today. Wayne was very active in the soccer community and will be missed by us all. We mourn this inexpressible loss and today acknowledge his contribution to Louisville City FC and the entire Louisville soccer community.’

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, with weather unlikely to have been a factor. 

There was no rain in the area, with conditions including light winds and low clouds, National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sharp said.

The identity of the pilot and the third person on board the Cessna Citation C525 (a stock photo of one is shown) have not been confirmed at this time

The identity of the pilot and the third person on board the Cessna Citation C525 (a stock photo of one is shown) have not been confirmed at this time

Informing the school of the passing of the 1979 graduate of its College of Architecture and Planning, Rick Hall, Chair of Ball State University Board of Trustees, and Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns said of Estopinal: 'He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you'

Informing the school of the passing of the 1979 graduate of its College of Architecture and Planning, Rick Hall, Chair of Ball State University Board of Trustees, and Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns said of Estopinal: ‘He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you’

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