A Grob G120TP airplane used to train Army fixed-wing flight students crashed Wednesday afternoon near the Abbeville airport.
Two people were on board – an instructor pilot and an Army flight student -- and were transported to Flowers Hospital via Medevac with injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a spokesperson for the plane owner, Army contractor CAE.
According to CAE spokesperson Chris Stellwag, the plane experienced "an engine issue" that led to the incident. The crash is being investigated by Army Safety Center personnel from Fort Rucker.
The plane is believed to be one of six used by Army contractor CAE to train fixed-wing students at its new facility at the Dothan Regional Airport. The company held a formal grand opening ceremony for its 79,000-square-foot facility Monday, but has been training Army and Air Force student pilots there for some time.
The Grob is one of two airplane types used for training at CAE and is used to train students in “upset” recovery.