The Journal Gazette
Friday, September 13, 2019 8:35 pm

Small plane makes emergency landing

The Journal Gazette

HOAGLAND -- A small two-seater plane parachuted to an emergency landing near a clod field in Hoagland Friday afternoon.

The plane's pilot and female passenger, en route to South Bend for a University of Notre Dame football game, had radioed Fort Wayne International Airport for help around 4 p.m., Cpl. Adam Griffith, Allen County Sheriff's Department public information spokesman, said at the scene.

The pilot deployed the parachute from 1,000 feet, Griffith said, and the couple received minor injuries.

The plane, an SR-22, had initially taken off from Virginia and made a stop in Ohio to tend to some mechanical problems that were considered fixed, Griffith said.

The unidentified pilot and passenger were seen walking around the plane, which was sitting on its belly. A bright red-and-white-striped parachute lay nearby. 

None of the neighbors who came over to the crash site in the sparsely populated area just off the 17000 block of Brunson Road said they heard any kind of noise. They assumed because of the parachute the plane made a soft landing, they said. 

"It kind of flipped me out," said Greg Nott, who lives in the home on the property where the plane landed. He came home after a neighbor called to say the plane was in Nott's back yard. 

"I thought 'wow, it's really happening,' " Nott said. "I was glad they were okay." 

Griffith said the Federal Aviation Authority had not come to investigate Friday and would most likely be there Monday. Sheriff's deputies will be on site until then, he added.

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