- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A pilot who left the scene of a weekend plane crash in Fort Wayne was “stunned, dazed and confused” and also suffering from medical and bereavement issues, his attorney says.

Jeffrey Mills walked away from the wreckage of his Cessna 150-F early Saturday morning after its engine failed and it crashed upside down after striking trees, a power line and the roof of a home near Smith Field Airport.

“He did all he could to avoid hitting houses and people and ended up in a backyard,” his attorney, Michael Loomis, told The News-Sentinel

Mills’ passenger was treated for minor injuries at a hospital. Loomis said Mills was also injured and is being treated at a location he wouldn’t disclose.

Mills was suffering from medical and bereavement issues stemming from the deaths within the past three years of two of his brothers, Loomis said.

Loomis, the former president of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, also said Mills has at least 300 hours of flying experience. He said Mills’ family contacted him last weekend and he met with Mills on Monday. “He has a very supportive family,” he said.

Loomis said he contacted the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday and confirmed Mills was the pilot. He spoke with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday.

There is no timeline for when Mills will be available for interviews with investigators.

The NTSB is the primary investigating agency, with the FAA and Indiana State Police assisting.

The plane’s registration expired at the end of July, according to FAA records, but Loomis said he’s not aware of any criminal investigation. State police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said leaving the scene of a vehicle accident is a misdemeanor.

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