Friday, March 23, 2012

Plane crash injures Linton, Indiana, couple

A Linton couple have been injured -- one with a potential broken back -- after a small plane crashed Friday evening near Shawnee airfield.

Multiple Greene County deputy sheriffs and ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the 8:55 p.m. crash.

"We're assisting at the scene," said Indiana State Police Corp. Dustin Starnes. "The (Federal Aviation Administration) FAA is en route. There have been no casualties."

The pilot and passenger reported injured were Brent Sears, who may have suffered a broken back and complained of losing sensation in his legs at the scene; and his wife Renee Sears, reported to have suffered scrapes and bruises, per investigating officers.

Both were reportedly taken to Indiana University Health-Bloomington Hospital for treatment.

Their conditions were not being released by the hospital due to hospital policy.

Details were otherwise sketchy at press time as officers continued to investigate the wreck.

"We're not really in the loop," said Greene County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Bruce Porter. "As far as I know, the state's going to wind up working it, and we're just assisting."

The small private plane was reported to be hanging near the edge of Lattas Creek, located just southeast of Shawnee Field.

The airfield is located four miles west of Bloomfield.

"There's a couple of different ideas what happened," said Starnes.

"Right now, we don't know if they were taking off, or landing, or what."


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