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Bloomington business owner Nathan Finney dies in small plane crash

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Nathan Finney, the owner of several well-known Bloomington businesses, died in a small aircraft accident Nov. 22 near the Shelbyville Municipal Airport. Finney’s pilot and flight instructor, Warren Bruhl, also died in the accident.

Indiana Public Media reported that the plane, carrying only Finney and Bruhl, left the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington at 4:05 p.m. and was last seen near Shelbyville at 4:46 p.m.

Bruhl was teaching Finney how to fly at the time of the crash. The plane, a Cirrus SR 22T, caught fire after crashing. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the crash.

Finney was the president and founder of Finney Hospitality Group, which owns Bloomington restaurants Social Cantina, The Tap, Tap Brewery, Yogi’s and SmokeWorks.

Finney Hospitality Group posted an official statement sharing Finney had passed.

“During this challenging time, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Nathan’s family, friends, and loved ones,” the group said in the statement. “We recognize his immense impact on all aspects of our business and the lives of those fortunate enough to have known him.”

Bruhl was a flight instructor for Gambit Aviation and his passing was confirmed in a Facebook post from the company.

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