Saturday, April 06, 2019

Cirrus SR20 GS G3, N584PU: Incident occurred April 03, 2019 near Frankfort Municipal Airport (KFKR), Clinton County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Landed in a field.

Trustees of Purdue University

Date: 03-APR-19
Time: 13:00:00Z
Regis#: N584PU
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Purdue University aircraft lands in field, no injuries

Frankfort, Indiana - At approximately 8:33 a.m., on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, Clinton County Central Dispatch received a report of an airplane that landed in a field. 

An aircraft from Purdue University experienced engine trouble this morning and made an emergency landing in a field just North of the Frankfort Municipal Airport. 

A student pilot and flight instructor from Purdue University took off from Purdue University Airport on the way to Marion, Indiana when they started to experience engine trouble. 

They decided to turn around and head back to Purdue when the engine failed completely.

They attempted to make it to the Frankfort Municipal Airport, when it was decided they were unable to make it. 

The pilot then made a landing in a field just North of the Frankfort Municipal Airport. 

Both pilots were uninjured and walked away from the aircraft.

Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will be conducting an investigation. 

Units from Frankfort Police, Frankfort Fire and Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

Clinton County Sheriff's Office


  1. The engines they are using in these things are based on technology that is over FIFTY years old! What's it gonna take to ditch this old stuff anyways? We got cars that can go 300K with minimal maintenance these days. Come on folks. A sophisticated plane developed in early 2000's needs to use an engine originally designed 50 years ago still?


  2. Do you mean like this recent incident with a plane powered by a electronic controlled Honda engine that failed?

    “The Viking 110 engine manual reminds operators that the engine is controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) versus mechanically operated magnetos and at least one battery must maintain its charge for the engine to operate.”