Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pitts Special S-2B: Aircraft force landed on a road - Accident occurred July 16, 2013 in Dalton, Ohio

DALTON —   A Green man and a Columbiana County man were involved in a plane crash Tuesday night in Wayne County, but neither were injured, according to a news release from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Jason P. Stropki, 43, of Green, was the pilot and owner of the Pitts Special S-2B biplane and Aaron J. Bokanovich, 18, of Hanoverton, was his passenger when the plane went down at 7:45 p.m. on Davis Road, just east of West Lebanon Road, said Lt. Stephanie A. Norman of the patrol’s Wooster post.

“The area is a designated ‘Aerobatic Box’ through the
Federal Aviation Administration, which allows pilots to perform maneuvers not normally allowed,” she said.

At 5,000 feet above sea level, Stropki tried to pull out of a “left upright spin” when the motor stalled, she said.

He tried to re-start the engine, but it wouldn’t start.

“At that time, he performed a ‘dead-stick landing’ on a private airfield at 1022 SW Lebanon Road,” Norman said.

But the plane was moving too fast.

“Due to the speed of the plane when landing, it traveled northbound along the east edge property line of 18381 Davis Rd.,” coming to rest on Davis, she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash, which remained under investigation on Thursday, Norman said.


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