Crews Respond To Downed Plane In Johnson County

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By Emma Koch - 21Alive

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Crews Respond To Downed Plane In Johnson County

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM EST

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (RTV6) -- Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after their plane crashed just a little more than a mile away from its intended runway.

The report came in just after 10:45 a.m. near Greenwood Municipal Airport.

RTV6's SkyCam 6 pilot said the plane looks like it crashed roughly 1.5 miles east of its intended runway at the Greenwood airport.

Officials said the pilot of the plane had a substantial cut to the head. The student complained of pain and both were hospitalized, but their conditions were not released.

"Both are probably feeling lucky to be alive," Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.

During interviews, the pilot (an instructor of a flight school based out of Greenwood) said he found the plane was unable to maintain airspeed right before the crash.

Fillenwarth told RTV6 crews that it appeared from the wreckage that the wing tip of the plane may have hit the ground, causing the plane to spin, breaking off the tail and wing as well.

Police also said skid marks from the crash extended roughly 50 yards from the plane, which led them to believe the plane wasn't going terribly fast before it crashed because it didn't travel very far.

RTV6 sent SkyCam 6 into the air to get an overhead look. We're seeing the crash on County Line and Combs road in Greenwood.

The plane that crashed is reportedly owned by the flight school based out of Greenwood.

Photos courtesy RTV6




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