Greenwood plane crash brings back memories of 1992 deadly crash

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – Friday’s plane crash in Greenwood may bring back memories of another deadly crash which happened more than a decade ago.

In 1992, two planes using the Greenwood Municipal Airport collided over southeastern Marion County.

A single-engine Piper was preparing to land in Greenwood when a bigger, twin-engine aircraft was taking off on the afternoon of September 11. The planes collided and went down into two back yards.  When they hit, they set fire to two homes.

(1992 Greenwood plane crash/WISH Photo)
(1992 Greenwood plane crash/WISH Photo)

The collision killed six people.

Four of them were prominent civic leaders in Indianapolis. Investigators said those four people plus their pilot were burned beyond recognition.

The crash also killed the pilot of the smaller plane.

The bigger aircraft, a Mitsubishi MU-2, was flying to Columbus, Ohio. It was taking the civic leaders on a fact-finding mission for the White River State Park Commission.

Mike Carroll, Frank McKinney, Jr, Robert Welch and John Weliever were looking for ideas for the park which was, at that time, still under development.

A speaker at a memorial service said the men provided such leadership to Indianapolis that the crash had changed the course of history in the city. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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