Tree planted in Vincennes in tribute to late Knox County judge

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An oak tree was planted in front of the Knox County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony honoring the life of the late Knox County judge Ryan Johanningsmeier.

Johanningsmeier’s family and colleagues were present, as well as other members of the community. The event was organized by a program within the Knox County drug court that he had started and run.

Johanningsmeier died on Aug. 29 when the small plane he was piloting crashed en route to the Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport in Illinois.

As the plane began its descent, Johanningsmeier confirmed that he had the proper weather to approach for landing. The air traffic controller also cleared the plane for landing.

Shortly after, there was no further communication from the pilot to air traffic control. Multiple attempts to contact the pilot by air traffic control were unsuccessful, and an alert notice was issued for the airplane.

The airplane crashed at 1:23 a.m. CDT. An examination by a Federal Aviation Administrator inspector revealed that there were multiple tree impacts north of the wreckage.

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