Simon VP dies in Greenwood plane crash

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A pilot killed when a small plane crashed in an Indianapolis suburb has been identified as a top executive at a nationwide mall developer.

Johnson County Coroner Craig A. Lutz tells The Indianapolis Star that the pilot was 46-year-old William Michael Gilliland of Greenwood. The Star says Gilliland was a vice president at Simon Property Group.

Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth tells the Daily Journal the co-pilot was Michael Elliot of Tarpon Springs, Florida. A hospital spokeswoman says Elliott was in critical condition at Indiana University Methodist Hospital Saturday afternoon.

Officials say both men were in a single-engine airplane that lost power moments after taking off from a small central Indiana airport Friday, struck two homes and crashed in Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis.


  • A good person
    Regardless of whether he was an important person in the business community or not, Bill Gilliland was a good person and father. He was a hard worker and earned the respect of the business community. He will be missed by many.
  • Interesting
    Some of you people who comment on IBJ need some therapy. The man died- ditch your tired liberal class envy and show some proper respect.
  • IBJ News
    The publication is the Indianapolis BUSINESS Journal. So, the fact that he was a Simon VP probably is the main reason this story found its way onto the site rather than other local plane crashes. Non-specialized news sources are whom we should ask such questions of.
  • Terrible...
    This is a terrible tragedy. However, one does have to wonder, if he were not a VP at Simon, would this have been news in IBJ? One's status in life should not dictate a level of importance in death. Everyone who dies has a story. IBJ just happened to pick this one up because he is a "VP" and that makes him "more important" than others that die. Interesting observation on social status in the business world. If he had been a janitor at Simon, you know this story would not have been written.

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