Pilot uninjured after small plane crash in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — A 60-year-old woman was left injured Monday morning after the plane she was piloting crash-landed into a Worthington neighborhood.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the Cessna 185 took off from Ohio State University Airport, bound for North Bass Island in Lake Erie, when the pilot experienced engine problems. The pilot — Christine Mortine of Worthington — attempted to make an emergency landing back at the airport but crashed into a wooded area behind a residence on Ravine Ridge Drive.

Mortine was the only person on board.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it was notified a little after 9 a.m. Personnel from Worthington Fire and EMS, and Worthington and Columbus police responded to the scene.

An animation of the flight path from Flight Aware shows that the plane slowed down significantly just after takeoff before the site was unable to track its path any farther.

A neighbor said he heard the crash and thought a tree had fallen. He looked out a window and saw a section of the plane.

“I came out right away. I was calling 911 as I was crossing the street,” Bernard Kohler said. “The neighbor from across the way was already there. The dispatcher asked how many people are injured so I shouted, how many inside? He said there’s no sign of human life at all. The pilot had walked away and walked to the front of the house.” 

Kohler took several photos of the scene and shared them with NBC4.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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