Small plane crashes near Wabash, one airlifted to Fort Wayne hospital

Plane lost its propeller

WABASH COUNTY, Ind. - Officials said Tuesday a small plane with a few people on board made a hard landing in north central Indiana after engine trouble, sending one to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said at roughly 10:30 a.m., a Beechcraft 33 suffered an engine failure. The plane made a hard landing roughly 8 miles north of Wabash, Ind., near Urbana.

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to RTV6 the plane “crashed” into a field near County Road 500 North, roughly a half-mile west of State Road 13.

The Urbana Fire Department and the sheriff's office found the aircraft roughly 1 mile northwest of Urbana in a soy bean field.

The sheriff's office said the pilot, Rex A. Ott, 62, of Danville, Iowa, told investigators the engine on the plane malfunctioned and the propeller came off. Ott said he was able to control the aircraft and glide the 1963 Beechcraft into the field.

Sheriff’s officials said there were three people on board the plane, including Ott. One was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in nearby Fort Wayne. Tracy J. Swift, 52, of Washington, Iowa, was flown to the hospital with a possible broken leg and with cuts.

The other passenger, Timothy G. Swift, 59, also of Washington, Iowa, was not injured.

The sheriff's office said the crash is still under investigation.

The plane is registered in Danville, Iowa.

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