Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Socata MS894A Rallye Minerva 220, N42BF: Incident occurred March 15, 2021 in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft crashed due to engine cowling detaching breaking the windshield and becoming stuck in the tail causing loss of control and landed in the front yard of a home.  

Date: 15-MAR-21
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N42BF
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: MS894A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

BOLD SPRINGS, Georgia — A small airplane made an emergency landing in the yard of a home off Bold Springs Road on Monday afternoon.

The pilot sustained minor injuries and no one on the ground was hurt.

Walton County Fire Rescue and the Walton County Sheriff's Office responded to the 3500 block of Bold Springs Road.

The Socata MS894A Rallye Minerva 220 aircraft is registered to David S. English of Big Canoe, Georgia.

According to the FlightAware tracker, the plane left the Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville at 2:50 p.m. and was in the air for 22 minutes before circling and landing in Walton County.

Homeowner Johnny McKissick was in the basement when he realized a plane had come down right in his front yard.

"My wife shouted down to the basement, 'Someone just hit my tree,'" McKissick said.

The plane sheared the top off a couple of small trees before rolling to a stop and colliding with a swing set, breaking the posts on the furniture before coming to a complete stop.

McKissick said the plane was forced down after the engine was exposed in a freak incident.

"The cowl blew off the engine and broke the windshield, then hit the tail before it fell and bounced down into the yard," he said.

Thankfully, however, the incident ended without any harm to anyone or anything but a tree or two.

"I was just glad he was all right," McKissick said of the pilot.

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