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Nathan Finney, owner of several Bloomington restaurants, among two killed in small plane crash

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – Nathan Finney, the owner and founder of Finney Hospitality Group, which owns and operates several restaurants in Bloomington, was among two people killed in a small plane crash in Shelby County the day before Thanksgiving.

The company, which owns Social Cantina, The Tap, Yogi’s and several other businesses, confirmed his death in a statement.

“It is with great shock and profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of our esteemed President and Founder, Nathan Finney.

His vision, dedication, and leadership have been instrumental in shaping Finney Hospitality Group into the thriving enterprise it is today.

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

Finney Hospitality Group official statement on the death of its president and founder, Nathan Finney

Flight instructor Warren Bruhl was also onboard the Cirrus SR22T when it crashed, according to a Facebook post by Gambit Aviation.

Finney had just recently earned his pilot’s license and had purchased the Cirrus aircraft, according to a Facebook post by Mason Amelia, which is a company that offers brokerage services for aviation purchases.

Flight records from FlightAware show that the plane left the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington at 4:05 p.m. on Nov. 22 and was last seen near Shelbyville at 4:46 p.m.


According to the Indiana State Police, troopers responded to an area in rural Shelby County on Nov. 22 for reports of small plane crash. Troopers reported observing smoke coming from the middle of a corn field.

ISP says that first responders uncovered a “severely damaged” small aircraft, a recovered the bodies of two adult males.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, and will release their findings in a published report.