Small plane crashes in Wabash County

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Photo from The Paper of Wabash County by Eric Stearley

WABASH COUNTY – A small plane carrying three people from Iowa crashed in Wabash County Tuesday morning.

The plane went down around 10:30 a.m. in a field near the small town of Urbana.

According to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the plane had engine trouble. The problem was first reported by Fort Wayne Air Traffic Control and subsequently by one of the plane’s passengers.

The pilot, Rex A. Ott, 62, Danville, Iowa, told investigators that the engine malfunctioned and the propeller came off. He still had control of the aircraft and guided it to a hard landing in a soybean field. Crews from the sheriff’s department and the Urbana Fire Department located the aircraft.

Passenger Tracy Swift, 52, Washington, Iowa, was flown by helicopter to Parkview Hospital with injuries that included a broken leg and lacerations. Another passenger, Timothy Swift, 59, Washington, Iowa, was unhurt.

The plane was a 1963 Beechcraft single engine. According to FAA records, the aircraft is registered to Ott.

The FAA and Wabash County Sheriff’s Department are investigating.