1 dead and 1 hurt in central Indiana plane crash

damaged two homes

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) -- A central Indiana fire chief says a pilot was killed and a passenger critically injured when a single-engine airplane lost power after takeoff and clipped two homes before crashing.

Greenwood Fire Chief James Sipes says no one on the ground was injured when the plane crashed about 2:20 p.m. Friday. He says the names of the victims were being withheld.

Sipes said fire crews were a block away and saw the plane clip one house, strike a fence and then clip a second house. He says witnesses helped the passenger escape.

Sipes says the plane caught fire, but it was quickly put out. He says the two houses had minor damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The crash occurred near Greenwood Municipal Airport, 12 miles south of Indianapolis.

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