FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA306
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 2016 in Russellville, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N10770
Injuries: 2 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On August 4, 2016, at 2009 eastern daylight time, the pilot of a Cessna 150L, N10770, made a forced landing in a soybean field 4 miles easts-southeast of Russellville, Ohio, after the engine lost power. Of the two pilots on board, one sustained a minor injury and the other was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from Brown County Airport (KGEO) , Georgetown, Ohio, about 1930.
The pilots told an FAA inspector as they were descending for landing, they heard a loud "bang" and the engine began running rough. Unable to maintain altitude, they made a forced landing in a soybean field, struck a ditch, and nosed over.
Examination of the engine revealed the number 2 cylinder had separated between the flange and the head.
Update, Friday, 6:30 a.m. : Two pilots whose planes crashed minutes apart Thursday night in Brown County reported engine problems prior to crashing, officials said in a news release.
A Cessna 150L piloted by Timothy Howser, 46, of Batavia crashed into a field at 8:04 p.m. Howser was treated for non-life threatening injuries while passenger Tony Howser, 44, of Highland Heights, wasn't injured. The crash occurred near Fryer Road in Russellville, Ohio.
Kristopher Cooper, 42, of Harnersville, Ohio, wasn't injured when his experimental aircraft crashed about three minutes later near Carpenter Road in Mount Orab, Ohio.
Both planes refueled prior to their departure from the Brown County Airport, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crashes, which are still being investigated.
Previous report: Two single-engine planes crashed in Brown County Thursday evening within 3 minutes of each other, according to Brown County Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The two incidents appear to be completely separate from one another, a dispatcher there said. One plane fell near Fryer Road and Clifton Avenue, and the other went down near Carpenter and Boyd roads at 8:04 p.m. and 8:07 p.m., respectively.
Perhaps even more surprising, there were no injuries.
Both planes landed in soybean fields and caused no damage – except for the planes. The crash sites are about a 25-minute drive apart from each other.
Officials are looking into the causes of both crashes, which are unknown at this time.