The Journal Gazette
Friday, September 20, 2019 10:30 pm

Pilot, passenger escape injury after small plane crashes into tree

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The pilot of a small passenger plane made an emergency landing between buildings in the 7500 block of Disalle Boulevard off Cook Road Friday evening, and both the pilot and a passenger escaped without injury.

The pilot had made a couple of flights around the city Friday evening with several different passengers, but during the last flight the pilot reported hearing mechanical problems and then the engine stalled, Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Fort Wayne Police Department public information officer, said at the scene. 

The pilot was on approach to Smith Field when the problem happened.

The plane crashed into a tree next to a building at 7530 Disalle at 7:31 p.m., Rosales-Scatena said. "I think he maneuvered quite well around the buildings," she added.

Officials with the Fort Wayne Airport Authority and Fort Wayne police inspected the plane, which appeared to be nose down with little damage to the cockpit, although one wing appeared to be was missing. 

Rosales-Scatena said the FAA would determine the exact cause of the crash.

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