Deputies identify pilot killed in plane crash on US 42

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UNION COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — Union County deputies have identified the pilot killed Sunday in a plane crash on US 42. 

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew A. Hayden, 44, of Phoenix, Arizona was the pilot killed in the crash yesterday.

Deputies say at about 5:42pm, Sunday, dispatchers began receiving several 911 calls reporting a plane crash on U.S. 42, between Harriott and Bell roads.  

When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found the crash site stretching approximately 400 to 500 yards.  

A preliminary investigation has revealed the plane crashed in a farm field on the west side of U.S. 42 and continued across the roadway, striking several utility poles before coming to a rest in a farm field on the east side of U.S. 42.  

Deputies say the twin-engine 1974 Cessna 421B fixed wing plane broke apart in several hundred pieces. 

Hayden was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The FAA continues to investigate, but according to deputies the weather at the time of the crash was light snow with overcast skies. 

Investigators say the plane originated from Dayton International Airport at about 5:17pm and was enroute to the Delaware Municipal Airport before it crashed. 

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, US 42 has reopened.

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