Small plane goes down near Greenwood airport

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — A flight instructor and his student were injured when their small airplane went down Tuesday morning near the Greenwood Municipal Airport, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police officials confirm.

The crash happened in a corn field near County Line and Combs roads,  just east of the airport in Greenwood. The plane is a fixed wing single-engine Cessna.

“The instructor told me he was losing power in the engine, they lost speed and dropped out of the sky,” said Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth.

As soon as the plane crashed, people stopped their cars and ran to see if they could help.

“I’ve never seen nothing like this. I’ve never seen a plane, nothing has ever crashed over there before. It was scary,” said Angelina Schmoll, who lives near the crash site.

Police photographs show the extent of the damage–the plane’s broken nose, snapped tail and crushed wing span.
Despite the heavy damage, police say the instructor, 65-year-old Dennis Rumley, and his student, 38-year-old Brent Abshier, were both conscious and talking when emergency workers arrived.

Police say Rumley suffered a cut to his head and “the student was complaining of pain on the back of his head,” said Fillenwarth.

Paramedics transported the men to St. Francis and IU Methodist Hospitals respectively.

Officials at the scene said the plane is leased by Jeff Air Pilot Services, a private and commercial flight school located at the Greenwood Municipal Airport. By Tuesday afternoon, investigators with the NTSB completed their work at the crash site and gave permission for the plane to be moved to a hangar at the airport.

The lead instructor at Jeff Air Pilot Services, Tom Jeffries, says both Rumley and Abshier are “doing fine.” They are being kept in the hospital for observation. Jeffries described Rumley as “highly trained” and has been with the flight school for two and a half years.

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