2 killed in Wayne County plane crash after taking out several utility poles; likely caused by engine issues

Troopers said the pilot was taking off from Stoltzfus Airfield in route to the Akron-Canton Airport.

History of WW2-era plane that crashed in Wayne County

APPLE CREEK, OH (WOIO) - Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers confirmed two people are dead after a small plane crashed in Wayne County on Monday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred just after 9 a.m. on Hackett Road.

A neighbor heard the crash and said the plane landed about 20 yards from his home.

Troopers said the pilot, identified as 55-year-old Brian Stoltzfus, was taking off from Stoltzfus Airfield in route to the Akron-Canton Airport.

Alan Cohn did some digging and found the plane was a Douglas DC3TP that was originally manufactured in 1942. It had engine issues, which is believed to be a possible cause of the crash according to initial investigations.

See Alan’s report above:

2 killed in Wayne County plane crash after taking out several utility poles; likely caused by engine

Two people are dead following a plane crash in Wayne County. The plane took out utility poles causing widespread area power outages. https://buff.ly/2CDFzSH

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, January 21, 2019

Curtis Wilkerson, 56, was co-pilot at the time. Both men, who are from Apple Creek, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The plane took down four utility poles shortly after taking off from the airfield, knocking out power in Orville and surrounding areas.

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