Sunday, June 18, 2017

Aeronca 65-CA Champ, N33778: Fatal accident occurred June 17, 2017 at Knox County Airport (4I3), Mount Vernon, Ohio

Larry Hoover 1938 - 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Larry L. Hoover:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA234
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Mount Vernon, OH
Aircraft: AERONCA 65 CA, registration: N33778
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 17, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 65-CA airplane, N33778, experienced a propeller blade strike during an attempted hand prop of the engine at the Wynkoop Airport, (6G4), Mount Vernon, Ohio. The commercial-rated pilot, and intended sole occupant, was fatally injured and the airplane sustained minor damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. 

Initial information collected by the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, indicate the pilot attempted to start the engine by hand-propping the airplane. The engine started, and the propeller struck the pilot.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

MILLERSPORT: Larry L. Hoover, 79, of Millersport passed away June 17,2017 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with his family at his side. He was born January 14, 1938 at Dunkirk, Ohio in the home of his parents Leland and Lillian Miller Hoover.

Larry was a graduate of OSU College of Agriculture and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. 

It was while he was a student at OSU that his love of flying became a reality when he earned his private pilot license as a student at Don Scott Field.

He was a lifelong farmer and agribusinessman. He was the founder of Millersport Agri Service, Inc., Millersport Fertilizer Service, Inc., and Hoover Farms Partnership. He was a member of Millersport Community Theatre, Farm Bureau Council 18, and attended Millersport United Methodist Church.

Larry is survived by a loving family which includes his mother, Lillian Hoover of Bellefontaine, his wife of 57 years Julia E., daughters: Rebecca Hoover, Millersport, Melissa (Michael) Hoover Connor, Pleasantville, and son Michael (Elizabeth) Hoover, Millersport. In addition, he leaves nine incredible grandchildren to cherish his memory: Alex, Eric, Luke, Claire, Grace, Isabelle, Ian, Evan and Robert, step-grandsons Derek (Erin) Connor and Tyler Connor. He is also survived by sister-in-law Martha Hoover of Indianapolis and nieces and nephew Susan Hoover, Kathleen Hoover, Brian (Tanya) Hoover and Jennifer (Jim) Denice.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, his brother, James R. Hoover, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carolyn and Stanley Morrison, and step-grandson Trevor Connor.

The family will receive friends to celebrate Larry's life at Johnson-Smith Funeral Home, 207 South Main St., Baltimore on Thursday, June 22nd from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 A.M., officiated by Pastor Clarence Hensel. Following burial at Millersport Cemetery, the family requests that friends join them at Millersport United Methodist Church for a time of sharing memories of their friendship with Larry over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry L. Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o PNC, P.O. Box 245, Thornville, OH 43076, to help further the education of young people in Larry's memory.

KNOX CO., OHIO — A Millersport man is dead after being struck by the propeller blades of his single-engine airplane.

According to the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Larry Hoover, 79, was  hand-propping his 1941 Aeronca 65-CA fixed-wing plane Saturday afternoon when he was struck by the propeller blades.

Hoover was transported to the OSU Wexner Medical center by MedFlight, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50pm.

The accident remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers were assisted by the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and responded to the scene.

Officials say alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the accident.

Original article can be found here:

KNOX COUNTY, Ohio - A 79-year-old man was killed by the propeller blades of his plane Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. at Knox County's Wynkoop Airport near Mount Vernon.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Larry Hoover of Millersport was starting his 1941 Aeronca 65-CA fixed wing single engine plane when he was struck by the blade.

A MedFlight helicopter took Hoover to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here:

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