FAA investigating emergency landing in Clark Co.

Published: Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 2:52 PM
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 6:56 PM


            Plane makes emergency landing in Champaign Co. soybean field
Plane makes emergency landing in Champaign Co. soybean field

UPDATE AT 6:55 p.m.:

A plane made an emergency landing this afternoon in Moorefield Twp. shortly after takeoff from Urbana's Grimes Field airport.

The pilot, identified as 50-year-old Thomas Pumpelly of Dayton, called 911 on his cellphone reporting engine trouble. Pumpelly and his passenger, 78-year-old Ernest Grant of Ellijay, Ga., were not injured, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield Post.

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The plane was a single-engine 1975 Piper Cherokee Six. Pumpelly, the pilot and owner of the plane, said he was forced to land after mechanical problems stopped the engine midflight, at about 250 p.m., while en route from Champaign County to the Moraine Airport in Montgomery County. The plane landed in a soybean field near Prairie Road and County Line Road in Clark County. The plane sustained no visible damage, troopers said.

The highway patrol, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, is investigating the incident. The FAA will be investigating the cause of the engine failure and forced landing, according to troopers.

Also responding to the scene were the Moorefield Twp. Fire and EMS, Clark County Sheriff's Office and Champaign County Sheriff's Office.

FIRST TAKE

A plane made an emergency landing this afternoon in Moorefield Twp. shortly after takeoff from Urbana's Grimes Field Airport.

The pilot called 911 on his cellphone reporting engine trouble. The plane, with two middle-aged men aboard, safely set down in a soybean field around 2:50 p.m. near East County Line Road west of Prairie Road in Moorefield Twp. in Clark County.

The Piper Cherokee 300, a fixed wing, single-engine plane, was headed to Atlanta, Ga. There were no injuries.