Plane Crashes In Indianapolis


We’re learning more tonight about what led up to a plane crash on the Northeast side of Indianapolis.
No one was injured but many are saying the pilot is lucky to be alive. However, he says this is a situation he has been training for his entire career.
The plane ended up landing in a ditch. 
The pilot, Greg Mahler, says it all happened just before 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon. 
He was flying his 6 seater single engine Piper Lance aircraft from Indy Metro Airport to the hangar at Eagle Creek Airport. 
Mahler says he was only in the air for about 10 minutes before his brand new engine gave out, forcing him to crash land squeezing between cars in the Traders Pointe Mall parking lot and eventually landing in a ditch near Dicks Sporting Goods store.
Mahler credits the safe landing to his ability to stay calm during the stressful situations.
Mahler is a flight instructor in Indy.
“He obviously knew what he was doing, because somehow he maneuvered all the way through here without hitting light poles or people or cars or anything else. He actually almost, there was a woman walking in the parking lot, he barely missed her she ran as the plane came over,” says Ron Watson, witness.
Marianne Mahler says, “he would never want to hurt anybody on the ground. He would take his own life before he would hurt anybody else.”
The pilot has 30 years and more than 5,000 hours of flying experience under his belt. 
There were no passengers in the aircraft at the time of the accident. 
The plane did sustain some damage but Mahler plans to get the plane repaired and will be back up in the air again soon. 
The FAA is investigating.

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