South side neighbors question airplane stunt, crash - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Pilot in south side plane crash is employee of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

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James Carmer James Carmer
Jeremy Milless Jeremy Milless
INDIANAPOLIS -

Sarah Fisher's race team is quiet about an employee who crashed an airplane in a south side neighborhood and put dozens of homeowners in danger.

It happed Saturday, just south of downtown near Meridian and Sumner.

The pilot was taken away with minor injuries, and lots of unanswered questions about a party that some say went too far.

"This plane was extraordinarily low. It was like [on the] roof top the way it sounded," said James Carmer.

Carmer had never heard a plane hovering so low as he did in his south side neighborhood Saturday morning.

Leaves were all he ever expected to fall to the ground, but just down the block and across the street a small plane took a nose-dive as a group of party-goers and neighbors watched.

"We had no idea that anyone had ever thought of flying a plane in there. I mean, it's just kind of strange that they landed over there," Carmer said in disbelief.

Eyewitness News learned the pilot works for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.  35-year-old Jeremy Milless is an engineer and, according to his web page, enjoys flying when he's away from the track.

Neighbors say the party was going on at the home of John O'Gara, Sarah Fisher's father in-law. They reported seeing the plane make one landing in the farm field, and buzzing the neighborhood, flying low over rooftops and trees.

"We thought about that if it had actually made it back across the street, and it crashed into a house, it could have been a tragedy really easy," Carmer added.

Neither Fisher, her father in-law nor Milless would talk publicly about what happened, but neighbors call the incident irresponsible.

"I'd imagine that that guy's probably in trouble. I'm sure that's not designated as a runway by any means at all," Carmer said.

The FAA says it will investigate how low Milless was flying and the density of the area of those take offs and landings.

A spokeswoman for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing refused to talk about specifics, but says the private party was not sponsored by the race team. Krystin Wiggs says the team is happy every one is okay, and that the engineer piloting the plane was on his own time.

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