Thursday, April 14, 2016

Piper JC3-65 Cub, N98527: Fatal accident occurred June 30, 2019 near Elyria Airport (1G1), Lorain County, Ohio -and- Incident occurred April 13, 2016 at Willard Airport (8G1), Huron County, Ohio

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field.

Date: 30-JUN-19
Time: 18:57:00Z
Regis#: N98527
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

Joseph Begany

CARLISLE TWP. — A National Transportation Safety Board investigator has arrived at the scene of a plane crash Sunday that left Elyria pilot Joseph Begany, 63, dead.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway confirmed an investigator arrived Monday afternoon to examine the crash site. The cause of the crash, he said, will not be released anytime soon.

“We don’t determine cause while on scene,” Holloway said. “At this point it’s really just gathering factual information.”

Holloway said the investigator will examine the scene, as well as request information about the pilot and the plane.

“We’ll be requesting medical records, maintenance records of the aircraft and looking at the pilot’s flying history and certifications,” Holloway said. “That’s all part of the early stages of the investigation.”

Holloway said a preliminary report on the crash will be released in about 10 days. The report will have more information but won’t determine the cause of the crash. He said the cause may not be determined for 12 to 18 months.

Begany flew out of Mole Airport, a private airport on Grafton-Eastern Road in Grafton Township where he rented a hangar. Mark Reed, who owns part of the airport and rented to Begany, said he doesn’t know how long Begany had been flying, but that he has rented the hangar for 18 months.

Reed described Begany as a personable man who loved to fly. He said Begany was easy going but serious about flying.

“He was serious when he needed to be serious,” Reed said. “That’s the sign of a good pilot.”

Reed said Elyria Airport is the closest place to Mole for pilots to buy fuel, and that it’s common for pilots to fly there. Other pilots at Elyria Airport confirmed he came there to buy fuel in the past.

Begany was an employee of NASA Glenn Research Center for more than 30 years, where he worked as an architect and project manager. An email was sent out to employees Monday announcing his death.

“It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of a NASA Glenn employee, Mr. Joseph Begany, who died yesterday afternoon in a small plane crash in Lorain County,” the email read. “His untimely passing is a loss for us all and a reminder of just how fragile life can be.”

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ELYRIA, Ohio — The pilot killed in a single-engine crash on Sunday near the Elyria Airport has been identified as a NASA Glenn employee, according to NASA.

Around 2:30 p.m., OSHP responded to reports of a plane crash near the Elyria airport, troopers said.

The Lorain County Coroner was called to the crash for a 63-year-old man who was the pilot of the plane, according to LifeCare Ambulance.

The Piper JC3-65 Cub was severely damaged and the pilot, later identified as Joseph E. Begany of Elyria, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, troopers said.

Following the news, NASA Glenn released the following statement:

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Joseph Begany. Joseph was a valuable member of our team and a friend to many of us. We will miss him terribly. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.”

Photos sent to News 5 by the homeowner of the property on which the plane crashed show the heavy damage.

No other injuries were reported, LifeCare Ambulance said.

Fellow pilots at Elyria Airport said they believe the pilot was based at a nearby airfield, Mole Airport, and came to Elyria Airport to get fuel.

The crash is currently under investigation and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on the way to the crash site.

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

April 13, 2016: Aircraft went off the runway into a ditch.

Date: 13-APR-16
Time:  21:40:00Z
Regis#:  N98527
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  J3C
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  UNKNOWN (UNK)
State:  Ohio

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