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Greenwood pilot killed in crash

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The pilot who died in the Friday afternoon plane crash has been identified as William Michael Gilliland, 46, of Greenwood, the coroner said.

Gilliland was the owner of the plane and had been a pilot for 14 years, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said. He was working to get his instrument certification and was flying with a co-pilot on Friday afternoon when the plane left the Greenwood Muncipal Airport. The two were headed to Texas for the plane's annual inspection, according to a news release from the coroner.

The plane began smoking and did not sound right as soon as it took off, airport employees told officials. The plane struck two homes and crashed into a backyard at 29 Patterson Street, just south of the airport.

The plane was on fire, and rescue workers or passers-by were able to rescue the co-pilot. He was taken to an Indianapolis hospital and was in critical condition on Friday night. Rescue workers were unable to save the pilot due to the flames, the news release said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Gilliland is survived by his wife, Angela, and two daughters, ages 12 and 14. Services are pending.

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