2 plane crashes under investigation in Wabash Valley


INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) – Two plane crashes are currently under investigation in the Wabash Valley.

Indiana State University officials confirmed that a training aircraft was damaged during across-wind landing Friday afternoon at Terre Haute Regional Airport. No one was injured during the crash.

Along with the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the incident.

The second plane crash happened in Swtiz City Tuesday evening. 

According to Indiana State Police, the crash occurred when a one passenger aircraft suffered engine failure at approximately 2,000 feet.

The engine failure caused an unplanned “dead-stick” landing near County Road 600 West.
Immediately upon touchdown the aircraft bounced over the roadway before plunging the 2010 Quad City Challenger into a ditch on the opposite side. This caused the aircraft to invert, severely damaging the air frame and injuring the sole occupant.

The pilot, Robert L. Millsaps, 52 of Coal City, suffered fractures and possible head injuries, all of which were thought to be non-life threatening. He was transported to Terre Haute Regional hospital for treatment.

A representative from the Federal Aviation Administration said the investigation is ongoing and could take several weeks before it is complete.

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