Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2006

Plane crashes near Wellsville; no one injured

Pilot is safe after hard landing

November 5, 2006

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— A Baldwin man was not injured this morning after he landed a single-engine, fixed-wing plane in a field west of Wellsville after the engine lost power.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Michael Dann, 50, was flying from Ottawa to Gardner in the 1949 Luscombe plane.

At 11 a.m., he heard a loud bang from the engine and then a grinding noise just before the plane lost power. Dann then landed the plane in a field near 4353 Utah Road in Franklin County.

On the ground, the plane continued south across a driveway and struck a line of trees before coming to rest in a field, according to the report.

Comments

compmd 10 years, 11 months ago

holygrailale,

Agreed. Although saying he landed "safely" might be stretching it. That aircraft hitting a tree line likely ripped it apart. However, getting a (most likely) minimally instrumented aircraft down after engine failure and being able to walk away is heck of an accomplishment.

spym00se 10 years, 11 months ago

How did he decide which open field to land in?

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 11 months ago

glad all is well in this accident, agreed marion.

aeroscout17 10 years, 11 months ago

Ah, but Marion, the small aircraft can land in smaller areas!

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