John David Duggar Reportedly Crashed a Plane With 2 Passengers After "Double Engine Failure"

John David Duggar reportedly had engine problems while flying a plane in October, leading to a crash landing in a field with two passengers on board.

By Lindsay Weinberg Jan 27, 2022 3:24 AMTags
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On top of his family's turbulent legal issues, John David Duggar reportedly experienced a plane crash in October.  

A 911 dispatcher told People that the 19 Kids and Counting star, 32, was piloting a plane when he reported a crash. Per the dispatcher, Duggar suffered "double engine failure" and was forced to land in a field. 

E! News obtained the National Transportation Safety Board's Aviation Accident Preliminary Report, which detailed a plane crash in Waverly, Tenn., on Oct. 29 at about 7 p.m. The report didn't mention who was involved, but stated that the pilot and two passengers suffered no injuries. It added that the damage to the plane, a Piper PA-30, was "substantial." 

Per People, the plane was registered to Medic Choppers and belongs to Medic Corps. Duggar works with the non-profit as the director of business, saying on its website that he previously worked as a Fireman and Emergency Medical Responder with the Fire Department and is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services. Medic Corp has aimed to provide "significant emergency medical care during times of catastrophic disaster" since Super Typhoon Yolanda impacted the Phillipines in 2013.

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E! News reached out to the Duggar family's rep for comment but didn't hear back.

Duggar and wife Abbie—who welcomed daughter Grace Annette in 2020—didn't post about the incident on their joint Instagram account at the time, instead marking their third anniversary a few days later on Nov. 3. 

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For Thanksgiving, they shared a family portrait and said they have "So much to be thankful for!!!"

The next month, brother Josh Duggar was in the news when he was found guilty of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. 

"We appreciate the jury's lengthy deliberations," Duggar's attorneys said in a statement to E! News at the time. "We respect the jury's verdict, and we intend to appeal." They have since filed a motion, obtained by E! News, requesting for an acquittal or a new trial for Josh Duggar, who pled not guilty. 

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