John Pagel, one of three passengers killed in crash.
March 7, 2018

Pilot of Pagel’s Ponderso Plane Struggled to Regain Control of Aircraft

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the pilot of the Pagel’s Ponderosa plane struggled to regain control of the aircraft prior to crashing into a farm field near Rossville, Ind. Feb. 22.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report, the pilot of the plane, Nathan Saari, reported to air traffic controllers in both Indianapolis and Chicago that the Cessna 441 Conquest turboprop was “out of control” shortly after takeoff. The plane had left from Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis and was bound for Green Bay.

Exactly what caused the loss of control of the aircraft is still under investigation by the NTSB. Killed in the crash were Saari, John Pagel and Steven Witcpalek, Pagel’s son-in-law. More on the loss of Pagel and Witcpalek can be read here.