UPDATE: Plane crashes in Fort Wayne field


UPDATE – FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): There were some scary moments for the pilot of a small aircraft Tuesday, after it crashed into a field.

Around 3:00 p.m., the single-engine plane lost power shorlty after takeoff from Smith Field. The pilot tells our partners in news at ABC 21, after some quick thinking, he opted for a field landing.

“We were just going up for a ride and at that point, when the engine started to lose power, it was a matter of thinking through the options, looking at oil pressure and all of those things,” David DeWald, the pilot.

DeWald decided to land the aircraft in a field located in the 3000 block of Easterday Road. That’s near Bethel and West Wallen Roads.

DeWald and a passenger were onboard the plane at the time of the incident. Luckily no injuries were reported.

As is standard procedure, the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A plane has crashed in a field near the 3000 block of Easterday Road. That’s near Bethel Road.

Fort Wayne Dispatch tells WOWO News, the aircraft crashed around 3:00 p.m., Tuesday.

Details are still developing, but you can get live updates at the top and bottom of each hour here.


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