Sunday, October 18, 2020

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee F, N15608: Accident occurred October 16, 2020 in Sebring, Mahoning County, Ohio

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.  

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Location: Sebring, OH 
Accident Number: CEN21LA020
Date & Time: October 16, 2020, 19:30 Local
Registration: N15608
Aircraft: Piper PA-28 
Injuries: 1 None
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N15608
Model/Series: PA-28 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.906,-81 (est)

SEBRING, Ohio -- A small airplane made a crash landing Friday evening in a cornfield north of the village.

The Fire Department was called to the landing site southeast of Courtney Road and North 12th Street in Smith Township around 7:45 p.m., Sebring Fire Chief Mike Springer said.

The pilot, Jonathan Sprague, 23, of Salem, had minor injuries and didn't need medical attention, according to the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Sprague was flying the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee F south from Skeets Airport in Warren, when the airplane had engine trouble, according to the Highway Patrol. 

The pilot was trying to get to Tri-City Airport when the engine lost power at 1,000 feet and he had to make an emergency landing, according to the Highway Patrol. The unharvested cornfield was two miles north of the airport.

The Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.


  1. frequent late PM flights in recent flight history!

    1. When I got my instrument rating, the majority of my flight time was at night, between 8-10. But that is also because myself and my instructor worked until 6 or 7 on weekdays.