Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N3225T: Accident occurred July 05, 2017 near Fulton County Airport (KUSE), Wauseon, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA261
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 05, 2017 in Wauseon, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N3225T
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 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 July 5, 2017, at 1730 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 177, N3225T, collided with the terrain during a forced landing in Wauseon, Ohio. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot were not injured; the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight departed Bolton Field Airport (TZR), Columbus, Ohio, at 1615.

The CFI reported they were landing at the Fulton County Airport (USE) when the accident occurred. He stated they overflew the airport and entered a left downwind for runway 9. During the base leg to final approach turn, the engine lost power. With insufficient altitude to reach the runway, the CFI landed the airplane in a corn field where it contacted a ditch.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) says there are no serious injuries as a result of a crash landing near the Fulton County airport on Wednesday.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. near County Road 14 between County Roads J and K.

Sgt. Chris Fitzgerald of the OSHP said one of the occupants was transported to a nearby hospital due to chest pain. He said there were no signs of any traumatic injuries.

"It's fortunate. We always expect the worst," he said. "I was talking to the pilot and he felt pretty fortunate -- lucky to be walking around."

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airplane is registered to Allen Markey of Delta.

Fitzgerald said the pilot, whose identity was not immediately released, told investigators that his engine gave out as he was attempting to land at the airport.

He was able to put the plane into a corn field before it slid across County Road 14 into a ditch at the edge of the airport.

Officials believe the pilot was experienced instructor, though it is not believed he was providing a lesson at the time of the crash.

The plane was removed from the scene around 7:00 p.m. and the roadway was reopened to traffic a short time later.

FULTON COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A single-engine plane crash landed Wednesday evening in Fulton County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the plane was trying to land at the Fulton County airport, but lost power. 

The pilot attempted to glide the plane to the airport, but instead it landed in a cornfield.

There were three people on board. One was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

According to the FAA, the plane belongs to Allen Markey of Delta.

The FAA and the NTSB will now take over the investigation into the crash.

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