Two men survive Greenwood plane crash

Instructor, student on board at time of crash

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - 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.

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Authorities responded to the crash in the area of East County Line and Combs roads, about 1.5 miles east of the intended runway at the Greenwood airport.

Officials said the pilot of the plane, 65-year-old Dennis Rumley, had a substantial cut to the head. The student, 38-year-old Brent Abshier, complained of pain and both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Abshier was released from the hospital later Tuesday afternoon.

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

During interviews, Rumley, an instructor for Jeff Air Pilot Services, said he found the plane was unable to maintain airspeed right before the crash. Rumley said he had engine problems which is what caused the crash landing in the field.

Fillenwarth said 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.

The plane was reportedly owned by the flight school based out of Greenwood.

Federal investigators were brought in to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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