Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cessna 175C Skylark, N8381T: Accident occurred December 21, 2016 near Holmes County Airport (10G), Millersburg, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: CLEVELAND

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Millersburg, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 175C, registration: N8381T
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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 December 21, 2016, about 1020 eastern standard time, a Cessna model 175C airplane, N8381T, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power on approach to runway 27 (4,400 feet by 75 feet, asphalt) at the Holmes County Airport (10G), Millersburg, Ohio. The pilot sustained a minor injury and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Davis Airport (W50), Laytonsville, Maryland, about 0700.

The pilot reported that the engine lost power while the airplane was on a one-half mile final for runway 27 at 10G. His attempts to restore power were unsuccessful and he executed a forced landing to an open field east of the airport.

The airplane came to rest adjacent to a wire mesh fence. The nose landing gear separated, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the engine mount and firewall were deformed during the landing. The right wing was partially separated from the fuselage at the aft spar attachment. The right wing also exhibited a leading edge dent consistent with impact to a fence post. The left wing was deformed upward near the wing tip consistent with ground contact due to the collapsed landing gear.

MILLERSBURG A 16-year-old Maryland girl suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning after the single-engine aircraft she was flying in had to make an emergency landing.

According to Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly, the girl, a student passenger, was flying with a 62-year-old pilot, from Rockville, Md.

The pilot was on a final short approach for landing at the Holmes County Airport on township Road 307 about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday when he reported that the Cessna's engine had failed. The pilot glided the aircraft into a farm field short of the runway and completed a successful landing, despite damage to the landing gear and nose of the aircraft. The pilot intended to land at the airport to refuel after leaving Michigan.

The teenage passenger suffered a minor cut to the mouth and refused treatment at the scene. The pilot was uninjured.

Deputies remained on the scene of the crash until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration's Cleveland office arrived to conduct a preliminary investigation. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine if the incident classifies as an aircraft crash or will remain an emergency-landing incident.


MILLERSBURG - A single-engine Cessna 175 airplane made an emergency landing in a farm field near the Holmes County Airport just before noon Wednesday, authorities report.

The pilot, Peter M. Mapes, 62, of Rockville, Md., was uninjured, according to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office. His passenger, a 16-year-old female student, also from Maryland, suffered a minor cut to her mouth, but refused medical treatment, deputies reported. Mapes was en route from Michigan at the time of the landing.

Mapes told deputies his engine failed as he was approaching the airport, located two miles southwest of Millersburg, to stop for fuel. He landed the plane in a farm field just short of the runway, but the aircraft suffered damage to its landing gear and nose, according to a press release from Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly’s Office.

Airport authority representatives notified deputies of the incident at 11:46 a.m.

Representatives from the Cleveland office of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating and will determine whether the incident will be reclassified as an aircraft crash, Zimmerly reported.


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