Man who helped on scene of fatal 2014 plane crash in Greenwood sues victims’ families


GREENWOOD, Ind. – A Greenwood man has filed a lawsuit in regards to a 2014 plane crash that killed a pilot and seriously injured a co-pilot.

The lawsuit filed by Stanley Breeden alleges he was injured when he tried to pull two men from the plane crash wreckage. The lawsuit is against the family of the deceased pilot, the co-pilot, and two companies that worked on the plane’s engine.

On July 11, 2014, Breeden was driving along Main Street in Greenwood , when he witnessed the plane crash into a neighborhood less than eight miles from the Greenwood Municipal Airport.

According to court documents, Breeden “immediately jumped into action” and pulled co-pilot Michael Elliott, of Florida, from the plane. He was seriously injured. He tried to pull pilot William Gilliland from the plane, but they were unsuccessful.

Photo of pilot William Gilliland

Photo of pilot William Gilliland

Breeden’s lawsuit alleges he suffered seriousbodily injury, pain and suffering, mental and emotional upset, permanent impairment, and lost wages.

Breeden’s lawsuit names Elliott, Gilliland’s estate, Groh Aviation, and Poplar Grove Airmotive.

Elliott and Gilliland’s family have issued a response to the lawsuit.