Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2006

Plane crashes near Wellsville; no one injured

Pilot is safe after hard landing

November 5, 2006


— 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.


compmd 11 years, 7 months ago


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 11 years, 7 months ago

How did he decide which open field to land in?

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 7 months ago

glad all is well in this accident, agreed marion.

Steve Mechels 11 years, 7 months ago

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

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