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2 hurt in small-plane crash

March 31, 2017 GMT

Two Purdue University students were injured when their small airplane crashed Wednesday night at Fort Wayne Inter:national Airport.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m., briefly closing the airport.

Both occupants were from the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue. One of the students was the pilot and the other an instructor, Purdue officials said.

The students, who were not identified, were practicing take-offs and landings in a Cirrus SR 20 aircraft owned by Purdue when they were caught in a strong crosswind during a landing and crashed, Purdue officials said.

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The two suffered what Purdue officials said were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. They were reported conscious and were taken to a hospital by ambulance, the school said.

Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, said the airport was closed for about 25 minutes. Another runway was opened and passenger and freight flights resumed as normal.

The runway where the crash occurred was closed until about 1:30 a.m., Hinderman said.

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