Couple 'Hit by a Plane' on Walk Seriously Injured: 'I've Never Seen Anything Like This'

The pedestrians and the plane's pilot were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries

  • Three people were injured on Monday after a single-engine plane crashed in Indiana

  • In addition to the pilot, two pedestrians on a walking trail were hurt

  • The pilot, who was en route from Bloomington and the only person on board, was transported to an Indianapolis hospital for further treatment

A pilot and two people on the ground were seriously injured after a plane crashed in Indiana on Monday morning, authorities said.

The accident occurred when a single-engine Piper aircraft en route from Bloomington crashed on approach to Delaware County Regional Airport in Muncie shortly before 10:30 a.m. local time, Tim Baty, the airport’s manager, said.

Two people out on a walk on the Cardinal Greenway, a path adjacent to the airport, were injured as was the pilot, who was the only person on the plane, officials said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Chief Deputy Jeff Stanley, with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, told CW affiliate WISH-TV. “Imagine you’re out doing some exercise and then you get hit by a plane.”

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It's unclear if the couple was struck by the aircraft or by the debris that fell when it crashed into trees.

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All three victims were transported to IU Ball Memorial Hospital, officials said, according to Fox affiliate WXIN-TV.

The pilot, who was trapped inside the plane until first responders were able to free him, was later taken to an Indianapolis hospital for further treatment, per WISH.

A representative with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request regarding the victims’ conditions on Tuesday.

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There was no warning that the plane was experiencing an emergency, Baty said.

“At some point, [the pilot] decided he was going to circle back and basically missed the approach and circled back and this is what happened, he said, according to NBC affiliate WTHR-TV.

Construction workers at the airport were able to extinguish the fire which broke out when the plane made impact, Baty said.

The Federal Aviation Administration as well as the sheriff’s office are now investigating the accident.

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