Airplane crashes on take off from rural Pottawattamie County airstrip


June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men, including one from Atlantic were injured during the crash of a single-engine aircraft Friday evening in Pottawattamie County.

Plane crash NW of Griswold Friday night (Ric Hanson photo's)

The crash was reported just after 8:30-p.m, southeast of 18384 490th Street, or about six-miles northwest of Griswold. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News the plane was taking-off from a private grass runway east of the residence following an aircraft fly-in type event, when the accident occurred.

The plane was owned and flown by a 75-year old man from Atlantic. Danker says the pilot, and his 59-year old male passenger, also from the Atlantic area, where taking off when the engine stalled. The plane came down in a soybean field just east of 490th Street and flopped onto its top. There were injuries, but they were not believed to be life-threatening.

Plane crash, image #2

 Danker says the pilot suffered a possible broken femur, and while a report on the passenger’s condition was not immediately available, their injuries were likely not serious.

Both men were transported by Griswold Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Their names will likely not be released until Monday. Danker said the NTSB and FAA will be out on Monday to investigate the crash and crash site. The Sheriff said he was very happy to learn the injuries weren’t more serious. He says they’ve had aircraft accidents before in the area.

Plane crash, image#3

 Typically when a small aircraft crashes, they often result in more serious injuries or death.