Small plane crashes in Ohio


A Ohio State Highway Patrol officer evaluates the scene of a plane crash that occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2008 in Danbury Township, Ohio. The twin engine Cessna 340 crashed while in the landing pattern for Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Ottawa County, Ohio. Four people were killed.

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Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 5:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 5:34 p.m.

LAKESIDE, Ohio - A small plane crashed in a rural residential area as its pilot prepared to land Saturday, killing four people aboard, a sheriff's department said.

No injuries were reported to people on the ground.

The crew of the twin-engine Cessna 340 had radioed their intention to land at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport at about noon, airport director Jack Stables said.

He did not know where the flight originated.

Alice Orshoski, who lives in the neighborhood, said she heard an engine sputtering overhead just before the plane hit the ground.

The two men and two women on board were killed, the State Highway Patrol said.

Stables said he watched the plane fly across a field near the airport to begin the landing pattern. Its landing gear and flaps were down, apparently in preparation for landing, he said.

"Everything seemed normal and I could hear both engines working fine," he said. "Then we never heard from them again."

The plane crashed in a rural residential area about 200 or 300 feet from a house, Stables said.

The identities of the victims had not been released and the cause of the crash had not been determined late Saturday night, said State Highway Patrol spokesman Carlos Smith. Authorities were still trying to reach relatives of the victims, he said.

Hours later in St. Petersburg, Fla., a single-engine plane crashed into Tampa Bay while trying to land at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, killing three people aboard, authorities said.

The Cessna 172 crashed into the water about 100 yards short of the runway, authorities said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office identified the three killed as pilot Joseph P. Bellamy, 31, of Pinellas Park, and his parents Gordon D. Bellamy, 55, and Susan C. Bellamy, 53, both of Palatka. Their bodies were all recovered from the submerged plane by divers and no one else was aboard, authorities said.

There was no emergency call, said Tom Iovino, spokesman for Pinellas County, which owns the airport. No flight plan was filed for the plane, he said.

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