Ice may have caused Greenwood plane crash

Preliminary crash report released

GREENWOOD, Ind. - Icing in the carburetor could be the cause of plane crash in Greenwood last week that injured a flight instructor and student.

The plane, a Cessna 150M, crashed in a field east of Greenwood Municipal Airport and just south of County Line Road March 18.

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A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report said the student was practicing slow flight and stall scenarios when the engine lost power. The instructor then took over controls but was forced to land.

The report indicated that possible icing in the plane's carburetor could be a factor in the crash, but an official cause will not be released for up to a year.

The report noted that carburetor heat was not used during the maneuvers.

The instructor, Dennis Rumley, 65, and student, Brent Abshier, were both hospitalized after the crash, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

Abshier had about 30 hours of flight experience but hadn't flown in several years, NTSB said.

Read the full NTSB report

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