NTSB Identification: CEN12LA455
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Shelbyville, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 175A, registration: N7003E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On July 17, 2012, about 1100 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 175A, N7003E, experienced a loss of engine power and force landed in a bean field near Shelbyville, Indiana. The certificated flight instructor (CFI) and the private pilot were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight departed the Anderson Municipal Airport (KAID), Anderson, Indiana, and was headed for the Poplar Grove Airport (KC77), Poplar Grove, Indiana.
According to a statement provided by the CFI, while cruising at 4,500 feet mean sea level, he heard a knocking sound coming from the engine. Engine power was reduced and the pilots began to divert to a nearby airport when they heard a big "clunk" from the engine. Smoke emanated from the engine and filled the cockpit. The CFI performed a forced landing to a bean field. During the landing the airplane nosed over resulting in substantial damage to the vertical fin.
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