Plane crashes near Madison County Airport

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By Christine Bryant
Staff Writer

One person has died in a single plane crash that occurred just outside the Madison County Airport, state troopers say.

The fatal plane crash occurred at approximately 7:32 a.m., Sept. 18, in a Somerford Township field, just west of the Madison County Airport, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to the highway patrol, a single engine Beechcraft airplane was approaching the landing strip from the west and crashed into a farm field.

The Madison County Coroner pronounced the pilot, Donald Apple, 79, of Piqua, dead at the scene.

Although the Madison County Airport was closed during the morning hours while officials investigated the scene, an airport representative answering the phone lines said the airport re-opened at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The OSHP has turned the investigation over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB).

Assisting the OSHP on scene were the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County EMS, London Fire Department, Central Township Fire, NTSB and FAA.

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