Former Terre Haute man is fourth fatality in Lansing plane crash

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A former Terre Haute man is the fourth fatality in a plane crash in Lansing, Michigan that occurred Thursday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Zechariah Bennett died Friday from injuries sustained in the crash, according to his aunt Linda Secrest.

As an assistant project manager for contractor Patterson Horth out of Indianapolis, Bennett was traveling to Michigan for a project meeting.

His co-workers will remember him fondly, writing “Those that were fortunate enough to know Zech during his too short 27 years were touched by his can-do attitude, work ethic, and get ‘er done outlook.  He certainly broke the Millennial/Gen-Z mold!  His spirit was infectious and will be remembered by all,” in a GoFundMe fundraiser set up in his memory.

Bennett was one of six people on the small plane that took off from the Indy South Greenwood airport at 8 a.m. Thursday, and crashed just before 9 a.m. at Capital Region International Airport.

The Clinton County sheriff’s office said 67-year-old Timothy Clark, 51-year-old John Lowe and 46-year-old Neil Sego died Thursday morning. Two others, 48-year-old Joel Beavins and 42-year-old Aaron Blackford remain in critical condition at a Michigan hospital.

Bennett, who was residing in Plainfield at the time of the crash, was originally from Terre Haute.

He is the son of Larry and Cheryl Bennett.

According to the GoFundMe, Bennett’s wife Shelby is three-months pregnant with their first child.

“Zech Bennett was a valued employee and always had a positive outlook and a smile on his face,” said Tim Horth, co-founder and president of Patterson Horth. “His loss has devastated all of the employees at Patterson Horth. We pray for his family and the other families impacted by this accident.”

A visitation will be held for Bennett from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at New Life Fellowship Church in Terre Haute, with the funeral to be held at noon Saturday at the church.

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