HENDRICKS COUNTY – An Indianapolis man who survived a plane crash took his first flight, Wednesday, to conquer his fears.
On March 18th, student pilot Brent Abshier was flying a 1976 Cessna single-engine plane along with an instructor when they were confronted with engine problems and crash landed in a field in Greenwood.
“It’s just a loud series of bangs and pops and the next thing you know is you’re motionless,” said Abshier.
Amazingly both men survived the crash with just a few broken bones, cuts, and bruises. However, that same day Abshier vowed he would get back in a plane one day.
“As soon as I get clearance from the doctors… I’m gonna be back up in the clouds,” he promised.
On Wednesday, he made good on that promise and invited Fox 59 to go along with him on his first flight since the crash.
Strapped into a plane at Hendricks County Aviation, with an instructor by his side, Abshier took off. He admits, a gust of wind as he pulled up startled him, but he persevered.
“For a moment there I kind of reverted back. I seen the ground going… and I was like ok!”
In those few moments soaring the skies above Indianapolis, Abshier didn’t just conquer his fears. He took back his love of flight.
“Once I had control of the airplane, it was awesome. It all just kinda came back,” he said smiling.
Abshier only has a few more practice hours to knock out before he graduates from flight school.