News Plane Crashes — 30 March 2017

ORT WAYNE, IND. Officials at Purdue University say two of its flight school students were hurt in a small plane crash.

Purdue University spokesman Jim Bush says the students were practicing take offs and landings Wednesday evening in a Cirrus SR20 when the accident occurred.

Bush says the students caught a strong crosswind while landing, causing the single-engine plane to crash at Fort Wayne International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating Thursday.

Airport Executive Director Scott Hinderman says the crash closed both airport runways and forced a brief ground stop. He says the airport is back to full operations Thursday.

One student was a pilot and the other an instructor. Both are enrolled at the Purdue School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.

Officials say the students were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.– Officials say two Purdue University students were injured Wednesday night in a small plane crash.

The Cirrus SR 20 plane crashed at Fort Wayne International Airport around 10 p.m.

One of the students was piloting the plane and the other was instructing him. They were practicing take-offs and landings when they were caught in a strong crosswind during a landing.

Fort Wayne International Airport Executive Director Scott Hinderman estimates the wind gust was 20-26 knots. Visibility was clear Wednesday night.

Both were conscious and out of the plane before the ambulance got there.

The two School of Aviation and Transportation Technology students were taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with non-life threatening injuries.

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