Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Aeropro CZ Aerotrek A240, N417R: Fatal accident occurred April 25, 2021 near Richmond Municipal Airport (KRID), Wayne County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and caught fire. 


Date: 25-APR-21
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N417R
Aircraft Make: AEROPRO
Aircraft Model: A240
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: RICHMOND
State: INDIANA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Judson J. Costlow
January 31, 1943 - April 25, 2021


Judson J. Costlow, age 78, of Richmond, Indiana, left this world into eternity on Sunday, April 25, 2021, while doing what he loved.

Jud was born January 31, 1943, in Frankfort, Indiana, to Neal and Eleanor Moore Costlow. He attended Kirklin Schools, graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1961. Jud then went to Indiana University and graduated with a Master of Education in 1967. In 1978, Jud moved to Kirklin, Indiana, and was president of Moore-Costlow, Inc. Feed and Grain Elevator, where he worked for 10 years. In 1980, Jud accepted a position as vice president and trust officer with Farmer’s Bank in Frankfort for 20 years. In 2000, he accepted a position with US Bank in Richmond as vice president and trust officer, retiring in 2007. Jud was a social and active man, who was deeply involved for the majority of his life. He served as president of the Centerville Lion’s Club, the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, and the Frankfort Rotary Club. Jud was a Golden K Kiwanis club member and symposiarch. He enjoyed flying his airplane, fishing, hiking, and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Lisa Gary Costlow; children, David (Nancy) Costlow of Arizona and Ellen Costlow of West Virginia; stepchildren, Leah (Justin) Suhre of Evansville, Indiana, and Gary (Katie) Nelson of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Owen and Kaylee Costlow and Tommy and Summer Ballock; step-grandchildren, Clayton, Jensyn, and Dawson Suhre and Mason, Ava, and Holden Nelson; brothers, Ron (Sharon) Costlow and Alan Costlow, both of Fishers and Dan (Diane) Costlow of Michigan; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Smith Costlow, who died in March 2000; father, who died in October 1979; and mother, Eleanor Costlow Reed, who died in April 2012.

Memorial visitation for Judson J. Costlow will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. James Spon officiating. Please plan to wear your own mask in the funeral home. A private burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Sara J. Costlow Memorial Teachers’ Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Clinton County, 215 West Sycamore, Kokomo, IN 46901 or online http://www.cfclinton.org; church of your choice; or The Gideons International for the Memorial Bible Fund, P.O. Box 1092, Richmond, IN 47375.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.





RICHMOND, Indiana — A 78-year-old pilot died in a plane crash in Richmond, Indiana on Sunday morning.

Indiana State Police are helping the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the crash, which happened south of the Richmond Municipal Airport located on IN-227 in Wayne County. 

911 dispatch began receiving calls at around 7:50 a.m. about a small plane crash near the airport. Troopers and first responders went to the area and found a yellow Aerotrek A240 plane that had crashed in a field south of the airport. 

ISP said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The pilot, 78-year-old Judson Costlow, of Richmond, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Costlow was flying alone to Arizona to visit family when the plane crashed. No other injuries were reported. 

According to ISP, the crash scene and the investigation has been turned over to the FAA. However, ISP will still help in the investigation. 

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