SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A small plane crashed in Southington Friday afternoon.

It happened about 12:43 p.m. off of Herr Fieldhouse Road, just east of Leiby Osborne Road and near the Warren Airport.

911 Caller: “I just watched a plane go down in the woods and heard a big bang and all that stuff.”

The 2021 Zenith 750 Cruzer fixed-wing, single-engine plane crashed in the front yard of a house on Herr Fieldhouse Road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the pilot, 82-year-old Richard Coles, was seriously hurt and flown by a medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

“The patient was unresponsive and trapped within the cockpit of the aircraft. We were able to use the Jaws of Life and extricate the patient,” said Champion Fire Chief Tom Dempsey.

Troopers said a mechanical failure is suspected however, the crash remains under investigation at this time.

“While trying to get here, he came a little short of the runway. There was an accident involving clipping some of the trees and the pilot came to rest in the front yard,” said Sgt. Timothy Grimm.

Scott Sabel lives near the airport, he says he has seen planes take off and land on the runway thousands of times, but the last plane crash he saw in this area was almost 40 years ago.

“It’s been a long, long time. It’s actually very surprising as many as the thousands of planes I watch,” Sabel said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be responding to the
scene to conduct an independent investigation.

Registration for the aircraft has a Girard mailing address in Liberty Township

Coles was the only person on board.

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