Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7588Y: Incident occurred March 22, 2021 in Wanatah, LaPorte County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field gear up. 

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Date: 22-MAR-21
Time: 17:35:00Z
Regis#: N7588Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

LaPorte County Sheriff's Office

This afternoon (03/22/21) at 12:45 PM, Deputies Jake Pisowicz and David Francis were dispatched to the area of US 421 and CR 1100 South, rural Clinton Township, reference an airplane that went down in the area.

Deputies arrived minutes later and located an airplane in a field on the northeast corner of US 421 and CR 1100 South. The airplane was located approximately 300 yards east of US 421.

The deputies met with the pilot and passenger, both of whom were uninjured. The pilot of the 1965 Piper Twin Comanche reported to the deputies that the aircraft’s engines failed, resulting in the emergency landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will continue the investigation.

Assisting: Captain Dallas Smythe, Sergeant Jeff Wright and Deputy Alex Pishkur.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A plane force landed in the middle of a LaPorte County field in northwest Indiana Monday afternoon.

Chopper 7 flew over the scene, about 5 miles east of the Porter County Regional Airport, around 4 p.m.

So far, there are no reports of any major injuries.

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office has responded to the scene.


  1. Right prop bent, left prop not bent. Easy to tell which engine was turning and which was not. That said, this aircraft if totally capable of flying and even shallow climbing on one engine - otherwise it would never have been certified. In any event, no better place to put down than in a harvested cornfield - best cushioning you can get. It will fly again. Now...what did the pilot do or not do.

    1. Actually certification did not require the ability to fly or climb on one engine in all conditions. Certification only required that single engine climb performance be “demonstrated”. It could be a negative number.

    2. ^^That's true BKLott. It depends on density altitude and payload. But there were only two people on board and DA was certainly not an issue in Indiana this time of year. By all sense and purpose it should have been at the bare minimum sustainable altitude single engine ops in that situation. Something else happened here.

  2. The above comment is right on. Pilot made a good decision to land with the gear up considering the rough field.

  3. PIC reported that BOTH engines were inop. My educated guess would be something fuel related.