Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N9058F: Accident occurred May 15, 2018 near Smith Field Airport (KSMD), Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Accident Number: CEN18LA174
Date & Time: 05/15/2018, 1357 EST
Registration: N9058F
Aircraft: CESSNA 177
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On May 15, 2018, at 1457 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 177 airplane, N9058F, collided with the terrain during an off airport forced landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana following a loss of engine power. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the wings. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The local flight originated from the Smith Field Airport (SMD), Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 1454.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff as he leveled the airplane at 2,600 ft above mean sea level, the engine rpm began decreasing and he heard a "thumping" noise in the engine. He lowered the nose of the airplane to maintain 80 mph and turned back toward the airport. The thumping noise increased, and he smelled burning oil just before the engine quit. The pilot selected a field in which to land. As he approached the field, he banked to the left to avoid overrunning the landing area. As he banked, the left wingtip contacted the ground and the airplane slid sideways collapsing the nose gear until the airplane came to rest.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N9058F
Model/Series: 177
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SMD, 836 ft msl
Observation Time: 1454 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: FORT WAYNE, IN (SMD)
Destination: FORT WAYNE, IN (SMD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A plane force landed in a field in northwest Fort Wayne after its pilot said it lost power.

Dispatchers told NewsChannel 15 that around 3 p.m., a plane reportedly landed in a field near the intersection of Till and Bethel roads.

No injuries had been immediately reported, dispatchers said.

The small plane could be seen upright but with its tail in the air in the field. Firefighters worked nearby.

Pilot David DeWald told NewsChannel 15 at the scene that he'd been out flying with a friend. He said he left Smith Field and was in the air for about ten minutes when the engine lost power.

DeWald said he contacted Fort Wayne International Airport and began to weigh his option. He said he opted for a field landing rather than get "closer to civilization."

DeWard said he's been flying for 18 years and is an instructor. He said he's never experienced such an incident.

Smith Field is located 3 miles to the southeast of the crash site.

The extent of the damage to the plane is not known.

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