Friday, November 08, 2019

Cessna 152, N84MK: Incident occurred November 07, 2019 near Goshen Municipal Airport (KGSH), Elkhart County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

Aircraft lost power and made a forced landing in a field.

New Horizons Aviation Inc

Date: 07-NOV-19
Time: 23:58:00Z
Regis#: N84MK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

GOSHEN — A pilot from LaGrange was on an instructor training flight when a mechanical issue in his airplane forced him to make an emergency night-time landing in a field near Goshen Thursday.

Nevin Hershberger, an instructor with Goshen airport-based New Horizons Aviation Inc., was flying the Cessna 152 with another instructor, Gary “Joe” Sample of Goshen, while working toward earning his instrument instructor’s rating, said Roger Yoder, co-owner of New Horizons.

The two felt engine vibrations in the Cessna 152, and then the power cut, according to Yoder. Unable to keep the plane aloft and return to the airport, Hershberger had to make an emergency landing around 7 p.m., according to a report by Elkhart County police.

The evening sky was dark at the time, but the moon was out. That helped provide visibility for Hershberger to land the plane in a recently harvested corn field along C.R. 17 near C.R. 42, about five or six miles west of the Goshen Municipal Airport, Yoder said.

“Which is exactly what they should have done,” Yoder said. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

Hershberger and Sample did not report any injuries after they were examined by paramedics at the scene, police said. The report showed the plane’s fuel tank had minor damage after the landing.

Yoder said the plane’s engine will undergo repair work at a maintenance facility following the mechanical failure.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. The case will include interviews with Hershberger and Sample, as well as examinations of the aircraft, maintenance and fuel records, FAA regional spokesman Tony Molinaro said in an email.

Hershberger joined the New Horizons staff as a flight instructor in September, and had received his pilots ratings through the company over the past couple years, New Horizons posted on Facebook in September.

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ELKHART COUNTY, Indiana — An aircraft attempting to land at Goshen Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in a nearby field on Thursday.

A 25-year-old pilot from LaGrange, Nevin Hershberger, and his 63-year-old co-pilot were conducting a test flight of a Cessna 152 just before 7 p.m., according to the Elkhart County Sheriff.

During the flight, the plane had a mechanical failure and lost power for an unknown reason, according to police.

The plane made an emergency landing in a field about five miles west of the Goshen Airport, in an area east of County Road 17 and north of County Road 42.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Minor damage to the plane’s fuel tank was reported.

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