Purdue flight school plane crashes at Fort Wayne airport, 2 hurt


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two Purdue students were injured when a single-engine prop plane from the university crashed while landing at Fort Wayne International Airport Wednesday night, according to Purdue University spokesman Jim Bush.

Scott Hinderman, the airport’s executive director, told WANE-TV the plane crashed shortly after 10 p.m.

Bush told News 18, the students, one who was the pilot and the other the instructor, were practicing take-offs and landings when they were caught in a strong crosswind during a landing. Both are in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue.

They were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to the Associate Head of Purdue’s School of Transportation and Aviation Technology, Richard Fanjoy, the instructor has been released from the hospital.

The plane, a Cirrus SR20, approached the runway and crashed. The pilot did not declare an emergency, Hinderman said.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to arrive in Fort Wayne Thursday morning.

The airport was shut down for less than an hour. A few late flights were diverted but have since landed at FWA.