Pilot walks away without a scratch after an emergency crash plane landing in Elkhart County

An Elkhart man is lucky to be alive.

He crashed his plane into a field when some equipment malfunctioned.

The man was forced to make an emergency landing that wasn't smooth, but he walked away without a scratch.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says around 12:30 Friday afternoon, 63-year-old John Seaver of Elkhart made an emergency landing after leaving the Elkhart airport.

After the crash he was up and walking around.

He was the only person in the plane, flying a 1995 Piper Malibu PA 46. He says there was some type of equipment malfunction. The landing was so rough, it wrecked the plane.

The only witness was a farmer mowing the field who called for help.

Captain James Bradberry of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department says, “We do know that he had some type of malfunction with the plane. I'm not sure what that would be. We have the FAA on their way right now to continue with the investigation.”

Seaver had just left Elkhart and was on his way to Indianapolis.

He is a very experienced pilot and has been flying since the 70's.

The FAA is now taking over the investigation.

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