The plane that crashed Wednesday near Shelbyville may have flown out of the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington before crashing; What we know

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – November 23, 2023

A plane crash near Shelbyville on Wednesday afternoon has raised questions about the flight’s route and the identities of the individuals aboard.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records archived on, the aircraft may have departed from the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington, Indiana, before the incident occurred. The flight, allegedly bearing the tail number N17DT, a 2019 Cirrus SR22T model with a fixed wing and a single engine, reportedly departed Bloomington at 4:05 p.m. Destination details suggested a scheduled landing at 4:46 p.m. in Shelbyville.

However, reports indicate that the plane was observed circling over Shelbyville until it crashed around 4:50 p.m. The crash site was discovered in a cornfield near the area of 6300 N. CR 325 West, emitting smoke that drew the attention of emergency responders.

Indiana State Police revealed that upon closer examination of the wreckage, the remains of two adult males were found. Efforts to positively identify the individuals are ongoing. Initial reports from the ISP indicate that there might have been a pilot and one additional person on board at the time of the crash.

The aircraft was registered to the Maxwell Group according to FAA records, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, it was noted that the plane was flown from Greenville, South Carolina, to Bloomington on November 19, 2023, and had undertaken multiple flights in the Bloomington/Central Indiana region over the preceding days.

In light of the tragic incident, the ISP released a statement shedding light on the crash and their ongoing investigation.

“Yesterday, November 22, 2023, at 4:50 p.m., several Indiana State Troopers, along with Shelby County Deputies and other first responders were called to the area of 6300 N. CR 325 West for reports of a plane crash in the area,” the statement reads. “After the fire was extinguished, the remains of one adult man were visible in the wreckage. Later that evening, the remains of a second adult male were located in the wreckage. Troopers are still on scene awaiting the arrival of federal investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration who will handle the investigation into the circumstances of the crash.”

The ISP further stated that they are collaborating with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office to investigate the incident further. However, as of now, no additional information has been released regarding the cause of the crash or the identities of the individuals involved.

The FAA or the Shelby County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for disseminating any further updates regarding the incident.

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