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Courtesy Warsaw Police Department
This Michigan-bound plane, which was trying to make a fuel stop at the Warsaw Municipal Airport, crashed upon landing Sunday. No one was injured.

2 survive Warsaw plane crash

A small plane flying from Ohio to Michigan and home again crashed Sunday morning while stopping in Warsaw to refuel, officials said.

No one was injured.

According to a news release from the Warsaw Police Department, the pilot, 63-year-old Thomas Kowalczk, of Marblehead, Ohio, had stopped to pick up parts at Port Clinton, Mich., and again in Lapier, Mich., and needed to refuel.

The 1984 Mooney M201 single-prop aircraft was stopping to refuel at Warsaw Municipal Airport and as Kowalczk descended toward the runway, a crosswind caught the airplane and tipped it to the side, causing the wing to touch the ground.

The plane bounced several times as it attempted to land, before crossing the runway and an adjoining taxiway and crashing into the airport’s fuel tank barriers and a fence, the release said.

The plane came to rest between an aboveground gasoline tank and the controls of underground fuel tanks.

There was no fire and no fuel was spilled during the accident, but there was significant damage to the plane and the airport’s fence, the release said. There was minimal damage to the fuel tank barrier.

The pilot’s son, 42-year-old Brian Kowalczk of Allendale, Mich., was also in the plane at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

jcrothers@jg.net

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