Thursday, April 12, 2018

Piper PA-24-180 Comanche, N5049P: Incident occurred April 11, 2018 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis

Aircraft crashed in a field.

Date: 11-APR-18

Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N5049P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Two people suffered minor injuries after a plane made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin.

Both the pilot and a passenger were able to walk away from the landing on Wednesday afternoon and their injuries were believed to be minor, with mainly cuts and bruises, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The plane went down near County Road 525E and State Road 44, about half a mile east of the Interstate 65 exit onto King Street in Franklin, Cox said. The incident happened about 2 p.m.

The pilot was forced to land the plane, a single-engine aircraft, due to a fuel problem, Cox said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified of the incident, he said. 

Cox said it does not appear that the landing gear was used, but the plane landed on its belly and stayed upright. The matter is still under investigation. 

This is the second time this year that a plane has made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin. On Jan. 19, an aircraft began issuing a distress signal then landed in a farm field southeast of the city. The aircraft wasn’t damaged and the pilot resumed his flight shortly after landing, but the incident prompted an emergency response because the aircraft was issuing a distress signal from the air. 

Original article can be found here ➤

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind.– Police say two people were in a small plane went it went down in Johnson County Wednesday.

The crash occurred in a field near County Road 525 East and State Road 44 on the east side of the county.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s office says the plane was carrying two people and suffered a fuel problem, which prompted the pilot to land his single-engine plane in a farm field.

Photo of the plane down in the field, courtesy of the Johnson County Sheriff’s office.

Both people were able to get out of the plane and were not taken to the hospital. None of their injuries were believed to be serious, mostly just cuts and bruises. Crews on the scene treated one person for a minor head injury.

Officials do not believe landing gear was engaged. The plane landed on its belly and stayed upright.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Nice plane. Hope she gets back in the air soon.

  2. Ditto. For some reason "she" looks better from the left side!