Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Piper PA-38-112, N2572D: Aircraft force landed in a field, near Mason City, Iowa

MANLY — A student pilot and flight instructor, both from Iowa, suffered minor injuries Wednesday when they were forced to make an emergency landing in a seed corn field near Manly. 

 According to Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals, pilot Geoffrey Tayner, 27, Johnston and instructor Tom Ballard, 65, Granger, were flying around North Iowa and Minnesota as part of Tayner’s instrument training when engine trouble forced the plane down around 12:30 p.m.

The field is located one mile east of Highway 65, just south of the Worth-Cerro Gordo County line.

“It’s a miracle. And they were thankful to be alive,” Pals said.

The two-seater Piper Tomahawk is owned by Tayner.

The field is owned by Steve Smith, according to Pals.

Tayner and Ballard declined comment at the scene Wednesday.

They did not require hospitalization.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted by authorities, Pals said.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 A student pilot and instructor from the Des Moines area escaped injury when their single-engine Piper Tomahawk airplane crash into a farm field just south of the Cerro Gordo and Worth County line west of Plymouth at about 12:30 this afternoon.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says they were called to the crash in a seed corn field farmed by Steve Smith.

He says it was a small single-engine aircraft was occupied by a flight instructor and a student that experienced engine trouble in the area and chose the field to land their plane. Pals says they were lucky to crash in a rural area.

“They were were trying to make it to the airport but they didn’t have enough height, well the engine quit so they didn’t have any choice but to put it down,” Pals says.

He says it was the “best case scenario” that they walked away with just a few minor bumps and scrapes. The pilot and instructor, were identified as 65-year-old Tom Ballard of Granger and 27-year-old Geoffrey Tayner of Johnston.

Both refused to make comments about the crash at the scene.

PLYMOUTH, Iowa – A flight instructor and student from Des Moines emergency land their plane in a north Iowa field after their engine fails mid-flight.

The call came in before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff says 65-year-old Tom Ballard of Granger, and 27-year-old Geoffrey Tayner of Johnston, were attempting to fly to the Mason City Municipal Airport. However the engine failed. The pair emergency landed about eight miles northeast of the airport.

The sheriff says thankfully neither person was seriously hurt.

“Just some scrapes on their legs both walked away both in very good spirits and signed off medically with Mason City fire medics,” said Sheriff Kevin Pals.

The sheriff’s office now turns the investigation over to the Federal Aviation Administration which is standard procedure in a case like this.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing

  Regis#: 2572D        Make/Model: PA38      Description: PA-38 Tomahawk
  Date: 08/15/2012     Time: 1740

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

  City: MASON CITY   State: IA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Training      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: DES MOINES, IA  (CE01)                Entry date: 08/16/2012 

Photo Courtesy:  Shane Delaney

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