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Plan Crashes Near Greenwood

Last updated on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

(JOHNSON CO.) - Two people were taken to the hospital 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.

Officials said the pilot of the had a substantial cut to the head. The student complained of pain and both were taken to area hospitals.

"Both are probably feeling lucky to be alive," Greenwood assistant police chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.

During interviews, the pilot (an instructor of a flight school based out of Greenwood) said he found the plane was unable to maintain airspeed right before the crash.

Fillenwarth says 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 that crashed is reportedly owned by the flight school based out of Greenwood.

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