NTSB Prelim: Piper J3C-65

A Friend Went Flying And Found The Airplane In The Middle Of A Cornfield On August 22, 2021, about 1300 central daylight time, a Piper J3C-65, N70643, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Adrian, Missouri. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot’s wife reported that he took off from their private grass runway about 1300 for a leisure flight. She did not watch him takeoff; nor did she hear anything. She also did not know his destination or when to expect him back. Later that evening she attempted to reach him, but she did not become concerned until dark. She drove their property and the surrounding area but did not find him or the airplane. The next morning a friend went flying and found the airplane in the middle of a cornfield about 300 yards northwest of the private grass runway.

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