Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Piper PA-24-180 Comanche, N5520P: Incident occurred October 05, 2018 near Putnam County Airport (KOWX), Ottawa, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 05-OCT-18
Time: 18:29:00Z
Regis#: N5520P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

PUTNAM COUNTY — Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, Putnam County Sheriff's dispatch received notification that a small passenger plane had lost its engine and was attempting an emergency landing at Putnam County Airport.

The plane did not make it, and instead landed in a field on Road 5F, roughly a quarter mile north of Fountain of Life Church near Leipsic. According to Sheriff Siefker, the three passengers onboard are a family - father, mother, and daughter - who were traveling from Michigan to Kentucky for a show of some kind. They reportedly did not suffer any injuries.

Putnam County Sheriff deputies and EMS arrived to the scene quickly. State Highway Patrol is now on the scene as well. Agents from the Federal Aviation Administration are in route.

Original article can be found here ➤

LEIPSIC — A Michigan man piloting a small-propeller plane performed an emergency landing in a Putnam County cornfield at about 11 a.m. Friday after experiencing engine trouble at about 8,000 feet.

Daniel Paternoster, of Fowlerville, Michigan, his wife, Nancy Paternoster, and daughter, Rachel Dudley, were not injured when they were forced to land while traveling from Michigan to Kentucky, said Sgt. Nicholas Boes, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Paternoster attempted to land in a field near the intersection of Road 5F and Road 5.

The impact of the plane landing pushed the landing gear back up into the plane and led the craft to slide through a harvested cornfield. It slid through the rain-drenched field for 328 feet, leaving a trail curving slightly to the right, before coming to rest.

The crash left the propellers bent and the plane itself damaged.

According to the website, Paternoster was issued a commercial pilot license in December 2008 and is rated for single-engine planes. The plane he was flying was a Piper, PA-24-180 fixed wing, single-engine plane manufactured in 1958, according to the website.

Boes said an investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration was on the way Friday to determine if the engine failure was a mechanical problem or operator error.

“I’ve been on patrol for seven years and I’ve only seen one (plane crash),” he said. “I’ve heard about three, including this one.”

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Nicely done.

    This is the way it is supposed to happen.

    Jim B

  2. Kudos on a well-executed off-airport landing. That nice old bird should be able to fly again.