Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N33587: Incident occurred July 21, 2019 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft lost engine power due to fuel starvation and landed in a field.

Date: 21-JUL-19
Time: 19:18:00Z
Regis#: N33587
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

METOMEN - The pilot of a Piper J3C-65 Cub made an emergency landing in a Fond du Lac County soybean field after his aircraft lost power.

Around 2:45 p.m, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane down in a soybean field near the intersection of State 49/44 and Fond du Lac County KK in the town of Metomen. The Piper J3C-65 Cub owned by Joel McKinize, of Crystal Lake, Minnesota, was being flown by 74-year-old Krikor Krikorian Pyrford, of the United Kingdom, when it lost power, according to a news release from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. 

Pyrford landed the plane safely in the field southwest of the intersection of County KK and State 49/44 with no reported damage to the plane or injuries. According to an investigation, an “incorrectly installed gas cap” caused the engine to lose power.

Meyers Aviation of Oshkosh removed the plane and took it to Big Green Lake, where it was flown to Oshkosh, according to the release.

The Federal Aviation Administration and town of Ripon Police assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene, according to the release.

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