Monday, March 28, 2016

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N8154P: Accident occurred March 26, 2016 near Kentland Municipal Airport, (50I), Jefferson Township, Newton County, Indiana

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA132
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Kentland, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA24, registration: N8154P
Injuries: 2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 26, 2016, about 1345 central daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N8154P, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Kentland, Indiana. The flight instructor and commercial pilot receiving instruction sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Kentland Municipal Airport (50I), Kentland, Indiana.

In a statement provided by the flight instructor, while on short final to runway 9 the commercial pilot added power and the engine did not respond. Attempts to restore engine power were not successful. The instructor reported that the airplane stalled about 10 to 15 ft above ground level and the airplane landed hard in an open field.

There were two minor injuries resulting from a small airplane crash near the Kentland (Ind.) Municipal Airport March 26.

The Newton County (Ind.) Sheriff’s Department, Kentland (Ind.) Fire and Newton County (Ind.) EMS were called to assist the Federal Aviation Administration.

A single engine plane crashed west of U.S. 41 and south of U.S. 24 near the Kentland Airport around 2:30 p.m. 

The pilot was a 77-year old Danforth man and the passenger was a 61-year old Watseka man.

The FAA has not released names and potential cause of the crash.

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