A single-engine plane that left an Indianapolis flight school crashed Sunday morning in a central Indiana field, killing both people on board, according to Indiana State Police.
The plane crashed outside Darlington, a community of about 860 people about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis, before 10:30 a.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Tammy Jones.
Jones said the plane left the The Leadership In Flight Training, or LIFT, Academy in Indianapolis before 10 a.m. The LIFT Academy was founded at Indianapolis International Airport by locally based Republic Airways in 2018 to train future commercial pilots and maintenance technicians.
Both people on board were pronounced dead at the scene, said Indiana State Police Sergeant Jeremy Piers. He said the names would not be released publicly until family members were notified.
The Montgomery County sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that an intersection outside of Darlington was closed because of an accident and would remain so for “an extended amount of time” during the investigation. The office didn’t immediately have further details.
The National Transportation Safety Board said an agency investigator was responding to the scene.
“We are heartbroken by this tragic accident and the loss of our team members,” Lift Academy spokesman Jon Austin said in an email. “We will support their families in any way possible and work with the NTSB to fully investigate this event.”
He did not have further details about who was on board the plane.