Friday, April 30, 2021

Piper PA-28-161, N271SG: Accident occurred April 29, 2021 in Okeechobee County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

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Date: 29-APR-21
Time: 14:52:00Z
Regis#: N271SG
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
April 29, 2021

At approximately 11:02 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office received a 911 transfer from Highlands County Sheriff's Office from a pilot who had just made an emergency crash landing somewhere thought to be in our county between SR 78 and Hwy 70 West. 

Simultaneously OCSO Communications were also receiving notifications through Federal Aviation Administration Miami and the United States Airforce Command that a small passenger plane went down near the boundaries of our county. 

After searching several areas, the aircraft was found in a cow pasture roughly 1500 feet off of SR 70 in Glades County. 

The pilot and only passenger survived the landing but were flown from the scene by trauma alert due to their injuries sustained. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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