Saturday, June 10, 2017

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N4543R: Incident occurred June 08, 2017 at at Mooney Field Airport (22IN), Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA336
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2017 in Auburn, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N4543R

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft impacted barn under unknown circumstances.

Date: 08-JUN-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N4543R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

A pilot was only slightly injured Thursday afternoon when he failed to get his single-engine aircraft off the ground at a grass airstrip in DeKalb County. 

DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on Friday to a site on County Road 37 east of Auburn, where they had been told a plane had crashed into a house. In fact, it had rolled, not fallen, into the patio of a pole barn. 

The pilot of the 1965 Piper Cherokee 140 plane – Michael Mooney, 74 – came out of the crash was bruises on his face, but nothing more serious. 

He told investigators the crash happened on Thursday as he attempted to take off. However, the grassy field he was using as an airstrip was too rough, and he lost control. The plane was never in the air. 

Although the plane never lifted off, the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will handle the investigation. 

When the DeKalb County Sheriff Department responded to the report of a crash on Friday, that agency was aided by the Auburn and Garrett police departments and Indiana State Police.

Original article can be found here:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): An investigation is underway after a plane nearly crashed into a barn.

On Friday, officers responded to a report of an airplane crashing into a house on CR 37 east of Auburn. A helicopter pilot saw the crash scene and was circling overhead so officers could locate the site.

Upon further investigation, it was determined the plane struck support posts that were in front of the barn and did not actually make contact with the barn. The pilot of the airplane told DeKalb County Police the crash happened Thursday as he attempted to take off. However, the grassy field air strip was too rough and he lost control. 

The plane was never in the air.

The pilot, 74, suffered minor facial contusions.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were contacted and will be handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here:

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