Nathan Finney, owner of The Tap, Yogi’s, Social Cantina, and other Bloomington businesses died in plane crash last week, according to Facebook posts

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – November 26, 2023

Facebook posts have confirmed the identities of the flight instructor and local businessman who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash near Shelbyville, Indiana, on Wednesday.

The crash involved an SR22T single-engine fixed-wing airplane and claimed the lives of Dr. Warren Bruhl, a flight instructor, and Nathan Finney, a Bloomington businessman. Finney’s Facebook profile says he owns the Tap in Bloomington, and several other cities, along with Social Cantina, Yogi’s and a BBQ food business. Confirmation of the identities came through posts shared on social media platforms.

Gambit Aviation, a flight instructor business, and family members of Dr. Warren Bruhl posted messages acknowledging the loss of the individuals involved in the crash.

A tribute was on the Gambit Aviation page, expressing sorrow and emphasizing Dr. Bruhl’s passion for flying and teaching.

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“It is with a heavy heart that on behalf of our family, I must share that my big brother, Dr. Warren Bruhl has passed away at the age of 59. On the evening of November 22, 2023, Warren and a fellow pilot were involved in a small plane crash south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Unfortunately, neither survived. This is tragedy that not only affected our family but his as well. Our family feels some comfort knowing that Warren died doing what he loved. Flying and teaching. He was helping hone the skills of a new plane owner in a Cirrus similar to his at the time. Few details of the incident are known, but a full investigation by the FAA is underway and hopefully we will receive some closure soon.”

In one of the posts shared on the Gambit Aviation page, Dr. Tim, a family member of Dr. Warren Bruhl, conveyed the news and highlighted Warren’s dedication to his family, patients, and students.

The post also emphasized Warren’s extensive career in chiropractic care and his later pursuit of becoming a pilot and flight instructor after retirement. Furthermore, a relative of Dr. Bruhl confirmed the presence of Nathan Finney, a local businessman, as Dr. Bruhl’s companion during the fatal crash.

The relative referenced a Facebook post made by Dr. Bruhl on the morning of the crash, expressing joy in training Nathan Finney and assisting in his aviation endeavors.

“”This is the last post that Warren Bruhl Dc made to his Facebook on Wednesday morning. The same day as their unfortunate incident. He had ferried this plane from South Carolina for it’s new owner. He spent several days flying with Nathan Finney as he honed his skills in his new plane. Look at how joyful these two pilots look as they shared this experience! Please keep Warren and Nathan as well as their families in your prayers in the days ahead.””

Flight tracking data from Flightaware.com revealed the route of an S22T aircraft departing from Monroe County Airport and last being spotted near Shelbyville at the time of the crash on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Bruhl posted the following Wednesday morning before the crash:

““It’s moments like this I cherish. Training Nathan Finney yesterday in his new 22T and assisting his development in the next chapters of his flying passions. IFR flying above the clouds and back on a night approach in IFR into his home airport BMG. Much to be THANKFUL FOR this year.””

Photos posted online showed the two men joyfully flying in the new airplane.

Efforts to officially confirm the identities of the deceased were underway, with Indiana State Police and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office being approached for updates. However, official confirmation was pending further investigation and positive identification.

A previous news report detailed the incident, indicating the plane’s departure from Bloomington, its circling over Shelbyville, and the subsequent crash in a cornfield near the area of 6300 N. CR 325 West. The wreckage revealed the remains of two adult males, suggesting the presence of both a pilot and another individual on board.

Collaborative efforts between multiple agencies, including the Indiana State Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office, were ongoing to investigate the cause of the crash. The FAA and relevant authorities were expected to release further updates regarding the investigation.

The Shelby County Coroner’s office has still not officially confirmed the identities of the deceased.

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