LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A Westview High School student walked away unharmed after a small plane he was piloting crashed around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
The two-seat plane went down in the area of 9595 W. 450 N. near the student’s home in Shipshewana.
Jordan Stoltzfus, who is a senior at Westview, said he had taken off from the Goshen Airport at 4 p.m. and flew to Elkhart, where he performed a couple of landings and takeoffs.
He was flying over his home when he said he noticed the plane’s engine was having problems. The engine eventually began idling and a concerned Stoltzfus decided to land it in a field, where he said the aircraft slid into a propane tank. Despite the crash landing, Stoltzfus was not hurt.
Once safely on the ground, Stoltzfus shut the plane down and exited the aircraft. Stoltzfus said his father and a neighbor were the first people on the scene.