Plane crash kills 1, closes Rt. 42

Staff and wire reports

UNION COUNTY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say one person died when a small plane crashed into a farm field in Ohio.

Chief Deputy Tom Morgan of the Union County Sheriff’s Office said that the plane skidded across a road and hit a utility pole and lines after crashing Sunday, March 17. That caused a power outage in the village of Plain City, northwest of Columbus.

“Deputies and units from the Jerome Township Fire Department responded to the scene,” Morgan said. “A deputy was on the scene within one minute and found an approximately 400 yard debris field.”

Morgan said one person died, and he did not know how many people were aboard.

Morgan said authorities had not determined the cause of the crash, but he said it was snowing and overcast at the time of the crash. The plane was preliminarily identified as a Cessna 421 twin engine. He said it was “totally destroyed.”

The cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said U.S. Rt. 42 was closed for several hours on Monday as the FAA investigated the crash site.

Staff and wire reports