Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N29516: Accident occurred July 14, 2019 at Elkhart Municipal Airport (KEKM), 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; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Elkhart, IN
Accident Number: CEN19LA223
Date & Time: 07/14/2019, 1100 CDT
Registration: N29516
Aircraft: Cessna 177
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 14, 2019, about 1100 central daylight time, a Cessna 177 airplane, N29516, took off without the pilot after hand propping the engine at Elkhart Municipal Airport (EKM), Elkhart, Indiana.

The airplane was privately owned and operated.

The pilot was not injured during the hand propping, and the two passengers on board during the flight received minor injuries. 

The airplane received substantial damage to the forward fuselage structure.

The airplane was operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. 

Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N29516
Model/Series: 177 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
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ELKHART, Indiana — No injuries were reported in a single-engine plane crash Sunday, July 14th, at Elkhart Municipal Airport, and the cause of the crash was still undetermined, officials said.

Police responded to the call regarding the crash around 10:50 a.m.

According to Airport Manager Dave Pixey, two individuals were in the plane during the crash, but the pilot of the Cessna 177 Cardinal was not one of them. 

The plane crashed into the wheat field next to the airport, he said. 

No injuries were reported to either occupant and officers did not find signs of fire, Pixey said. 

The air traffic control tower was not open so there were few witnesses to the crash, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was still investigating Monday, July 15th.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.elkharttruth.com


  1. Sounds like some Wile E Coyote & Roadrunner stuff there. Wonder if the plane belonged to Acme Aviation. But seriously, glad no one was hurt except the classic Cessna.

  2. since he was not in the plane is he still considered pilot in command ?

  3. People get so blase about hand propping a metal propeller let alone no chocks or setting the throttle ! a good friend of mine lost his arm swinging a hot engine,it backfired and sliced straight through his arm.
    Simply do not do it because all aeroplanes bite fools even on the ground !

  4. Always tie the tail!!!
    Chocks alone are not enough.
    I always tied the tail and propped my J3 from the back side.
    Of course, this was not a J3.

  5. Absolutely not a Darwin Award winner. He has to try harder. Remember to be an award winner you need to remove yourself from the gene pool.