Sunday, July 10, 2016

Unregistered ultralight; accident occurred July 09, 2016 near Industry Air Park (38OH), Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Columbus FSDO-07

Date: 10-JUL-16
Time: 00:11:00Z
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: Ohio


BALTIMORE, Ohio--   A small plane crashed on top of a building just east of Baltimore, Ohio, in Fairfield County.

Officials say the single-seat plane landed on the roof of Sakas Inc. on Baltimore-Somerset Road after 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 10TV the pilot, Ron Starr, has severe injuries but is expected to survive.

Sakas, Inc is a metal fabrication company.

The plane can be seen near the edge of the building from Chopper 10.

Investigators are still looking into why the pilot crashed.

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY (WCMH) — A pilot was seriously injured but expected to be OK after crashing an ultralight on top of a manufacturing plant roof, according to troopers.

Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the male pilot crashed just after 8pm Saturday on the rooftop of Sakas Inc., at 312 Baltimore-Somerset Road just east of Baltimore in Fairfield County. He was taken to Grant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers said the pilot, who had experience flying aircraft and owned several ultralights, was aiming for a private grass landing strip near the building. They are investigating what caused the pilot to go off course and crash land on top of the plant.

Witnesses told investigators they saw the aircraft coming in low and shaky.

No other injuries were reported.

According to the Sakas Inc. website, the plant is a 35,000-square foot building that houses manufacturing facilities and general offices for the company.

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