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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio 

Aircraft lost engine power and crash landed in a field. 

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Date: 16-OCT-20
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N15608
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

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.