Airplane crash lands at Warsaw airport, no injuries reported

A small aircraft crash landed in Warsaw on Sunday after crosswinds tipped the plane as it attempted to touch down.

Thomas Kowalczk, 63, of Marblehead Ohio said he was descending toward the runway at the Warsaw Municipal Airport when a strong crosswind caught his plane. Kowalczk says the wind caused the plane to tip to the side and caused the wing to strike the ground. As a result, the plane bounced several times as it attempted to stop.

But the bumpy landing did not end there, after touching down the aircraft crossed the runway and crashed into the airport fuel tank barriers and a fence. It then slid in between an above ground fuel tank and the ground controls of another underground jet fuel tank.

Officials say that despite the crash, there was no fire and no fuel was spilled. There was however significant damage to both the small plane and the fence.

Kowalczk and his son, Brian Kowalczk, 42, had taken off Sunday morning from Marblehead, Ohio heading toward Grand Rapids in the 1984 Mooney M201 aircraft. Along the way to Grand Rapids the single prop plane made two stops to pick up parts in Michigan before stopping to refuel at Warsaw Municipal Airport at around 11:30 a.m.

Neither father nor son was injured during the crash which is now under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the FAA.

The Indiana State Police and the FAA are investigating the crash landing.


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