Cause of NE Ohio plane crash now under investigation

BOLIVAR, Ohio (WJW) — A single-engine plane crashed in Stark County early Thursday, April 25, while attempting to land in a field, according to state and federal authorities.

It happened at about 1:30 a.m., according to a Friday release from the Federal Aviation Administration, but state troopers said they were not notified of the crash until just after 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

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The pilot, its only occupant, was attempting to land the Stinson 108 in a field near Sherman Church Avenue Southwest and Riverdale Street Southwest in Bethlehem Township, just north of Bolivar.

The pilot successfully landed the plane, but it then hit a culvert, according to authorities.

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The pilot, identified by the state patrol as a 75-year-old Gnadenhutten man, suffered a minor injury.

The man was forced to land after a suspected equipment malfunction, according to the patrol.

An FAA investigation is now pending. The administration has not yet released a preliminary incident report.

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