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Cessna 182T Skylane, N3537C: Accident occurred October 28, 2020 near Warren County Airport at John Lane Field (I68), Lebanon, 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; Cincinnati, Ohio

Location: Lebanon, OH 
Accident Number: CEN21LA034
Date & Time: October 28, 2020, 11:45 
Local Registration: N3537C
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 28, 2020, about 1145 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182T airplane, N3537C, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lebanon, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated he and the passenger were ferrying the airplane from Clermont County Airport (I69), Ohio, to Warren County Airport (I68), Ohio following maintenance to install new avionics. While flying at 3,000 ft mean sea level (MSL) in instrument meteorological conditions the oil pressure dropped to zero. The engine initially ran smooth but began knocking and vibrating. The pilot declared an emergency and proceeded direct to I68, but was unable to maintain altitude. The airplane broke clear of the clouds about 600 ft above the ground and the engine subsequently lost all power. Unable to make the runway, the pilot elected to land in a harvested corn field. The pilot could not stop the airplane before it hit trees at the end of the field, damaging the airplane’s wings and fuselage.

The engine was examined, and a brightly colored plastic cap was found installed on the crankcase breather port, which completely blocked the port. The engine crankcase seal on the front of the engine was found dislodged and oil was found on the underside of engine compartment and cowling. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3537C
Model/Series: 182 T 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: I68 
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Overcast Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Batavia, OH (I69)
Destination: Lebanon, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.431359,-84.256329 (est)

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Two people were on board a small plane when it made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in Warren County, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Chuck O’Bryon said.

The accident happened around 11:40 a.m. in a field just north of State Route 63 between McClure Road and State Route 741 in Turtlecreek Township.

Troopers say a Cessna Skylane made an emergency landing in the field and came to rest in a tree line.

The pilot, Stephen Reinhardt, 66, of Cincinnati, and his passenger, Clemens Saalfield, 77, also of Cincinnati, were not hurt.

The plane was traveling from the Clermont County Airport to the Warren County Airport

The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol - Lebanon Post.

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio — A small plane carrying two people made an emergency landing in a cornfield in Warren County on Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said the pilot crashed into a tree line just north of State Route 63 between McClure Road and State Route 741 in the Turtlecreek Township area of Warren County at around 11:40 a.m.

"There was just sheriff after sheriff after sheriff and state highway patrol after state highway patrol. I thought this is strange and were police parked in every driveway and they closed down the road," said neighbor Janet Porter.

The pilot, 66-year-old Stephen Reinhardt, was coming from the Clermont County Airport and was trying to land at the Warren County Airport.

Passenger, 77-year-old Clemens Saafeld, was inside the plane at the time of the landing. Neither the pilot or the passenger were injured, OSHP said.

According to OSHP, the pilot originally reported having mechanical issues but they're still investigating what caused the crash.

The plane suffered extensive damage and spilled fuel.

A fellow member says the people involved were apart of The Flying Neutrons, he says the pilot has nearly 20 years of experience.

"I'm just grateful that the people that were in the plane were okay...their angels were with them today, " said Porter.

Authorities are still investigating.

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