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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Local business owner and flight instructor die in Shelbyville plane crash Wednesday

BEDFORD -- NOVEMBER 26, 2023 - Correction to this story: Nathan Finney operated a car wash in Columbus, Indiana not Bedford, Indiana as reported in this news account.


A local business owner Nathan Finney and his flight instructor Dr. Warren Bruhl died in a plane crash near Shelbyville Wednesday afternoon.



Facebook posts from Gambt Avivation a Chicago based flight training school confirmed the identification of the two men.


Gambt Aviation, and family members of Dr. Bruhl acknowledged the loss of the indivduals in the plane crash.


Nathan Finney owned "thoroughbred express" a local car wash located on John Williams Blvd. in Bedford, and The Tap, Yogis, Social Cantina, and other Bloomington, Indiana businesses.


The plane crash involved an S22T single engine fixed wing plane. The flight orginated from the Monroe County Airport.


Data from FlightAware showed that the Cirrus SR22 Turbo plane left the Monroe County Airport at 4:05 pm. Radar contact was lost 41 minutes later near the Shelbyville Muncipal airport just north of Fairland.


Indiana State Police has not released the names pending identification and official release of the names may take a week.


The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.


For breaking news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


ORGINIAL STORY: SHELBY COUNTY - NOVEMBER 22, 2023 - Updated: Fairland, IN - Yesterday, November 22, 2023, at 4:50 p.m. several Indiana State Troopers, along with Shelby County Deputies and other first responders were called to the area of 6300 N. CR 325 West for reports of a plane crash in the area. When emergency responders arrived they could see smoke coming from the middle of a corn field.


As they got closer they could see what appeared to be a severely damaged small aircraft with heavy smoke. After the fire was extinguished, the remains of one adult man was visible in the wreckage


. Troopers continued to examine the damaged aircraft and later that evening the remains of a second adult male was located in the wreckage.


  At this point of the investigation it is unclear if there was anyone else in the aircraft. 


Troopers are still on scene awaiting the arrival of federal investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration who will handle the investigation into the circumstances of the crash. Any further information about this incident will be released by the FAA or the Shelby County Coroner's Office. 


The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County EMA and the Shelby County Coroner.


This investigation remains active and there is no further information to release at this time. The Indiana State Police and FAA is investigating a plane crash that have left at least one person dead in Shelby County, Indiana.


The plane crash was reported at 4:50 pm north of Interstate 74 in Shelby County, in which the wreckage was located in a cornfield close to the Shelby County Airport. The crash sight was near the town of Fairland.


Emergency crews from Shelby County Sheriff's Department, FAA, Fairland Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Shebly County EMS, and Shelby County Conoers Office responded to the incident.


The identity of the victims is being withheld pending family notification. However, sources to the Lawrence County says the victim had close ties to Lawrence County, Indiana.


For breaking news or information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr page.


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