The single-engine plane had been in the air for about 30 minutes and a student pilot had taken control when the engine suddenly lost power.
The student pilot, Brent Abshier, 38, of Indianapolis, and instructor Dennis Rumley, 65, of Greenwood, were about 3,000 feet in the air over a Greenwood field. They had just been practicing what to do when a plane’s engine shuts down and how to recover. Then the real emergency began on March 18.
Abshier had about 30 hours of flight experience from previous training but hadn’t flown in years. He had practiced some turns and was heading back to the Greenwood Airport when the 37-year-old Cessna plane began losing power. He tried to give the engine full power, but it didn’t respond. His teacher, Rumley, took control and tried to restore power again.