Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N78755: Accident occurred June 13, 2022 near Bluffton Airport (5G7), Hancock County, Ohio

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 13-JUN-22
Time: 21:46:00Z
Regis#: N78755
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

BLUFFTON, Ohio — A New Bavaria man was seriously injured in a small plane crash this week near here.

Robert Searfoss, 48, was flying a Cessna 172K Skyhawk when he lost control and crashed into a field south of Bluffton Airport at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Findlay post. The aircraft struck nose first and flipped over.

Searfoss sustained serious injuries and was flown to St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. He was using his safety belt, according to a news release issued by the Patrol.

The Patrol was assisted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Bluffton Police Department, Bluffton Fire Department, Mercy Health Life Flight and the Federal Aviation Administration.


  1. My first airplane from 1993 thru 1996. So sorry, and I hope the pilot recovers his health quickly.
    Ken Sinclair

  2. Hopefully the pilot will recover. That plane was my fathers back in the 70s.