Pilot, 77, lost power prior to forced landing near Piqua airport

MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:19 p.m. (Sept. 28):

A 77-year-old pilot from Phillipsburg lost power to his plane while coming in for a landing and was forced to land in a corn field, according to investigators.

Myron Sowry said he knew he wouldn’t be able to make the runway after losing power, so he landed the plane in the cornfield.

The plane had minor damage and Sowry was not injured.

INITIAL REPORT:

A small plane ended up in a cornfield near the Piqua Airport Wednesday after mechanical issues caused a ‘forced landing.’

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Emergency crews responded to the airport in Miami County near Spiker Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after the incident reported.

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State troopers said the small Cessna aircraft encountered mechanical issues and ended up in a cornfield. Investigators did not indicate if the plane was landing or taking off.

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The pilot was not injured in the incident.

The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will investigate the incident.