Pilot dies in Port Clinton plane crash

Pilot dies in Port Clinton plane crash

PORT CLINTON, OH (WOIO) - The pilot of a twin engine Piper Apache plane has died in a plane crash near Carl Keller Field in Port Clinton, OH.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. Monday off state Route 163, just north of the airport. The pilot, identified as 60-year-old Richard Schimizze, of Worthington, OH, was only one on board, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol

"It was heading northwest at the time. It was trying to reach altitude, then suddenly banked to the left and, essentially, nose dived into the back of the residence here," explained CMDR Brett Gockstetter with OSHP.

The plane had just taken off from the Erie-Ottawa International Airport. Once in the air, the plan banked to the left, lost altitude and flew nose first into the ground. Officials are not aware of a distress call.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Officials have obtained surveillance video from a nearby Walmart that caught the crash. The video will be given to the FAA as part of the investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive at the scene in Tuesday morning for their investigation. 

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