Safety record of plane, field involved in Medina County crash - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Safety record of plane, field involved in Medina County crash

Pilot injured in Medina County plane crash (Source: OSHP) Pilot injured in Medina County plane crash (Source: OSHP)
MEDINA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A plane crash in Medina County Saturday evening raised questions about the safety record of the plane involved, as well as the field on which it attempted to land.

81-year-old pilot Robert Syme of Westerfield Township was severely injured in the crash at Crazy Bob's Airport, which he owns.

Chief Investigator Carl Monday found little government regulation or oversight of the landing strip.

Crazy Bob's Airport is a 1,600 foot landing strip, a little larger than three football fields.

A spokesman for the National Pilots Association told 19 Action News the strip is a "little short," but that is not uncommon.

The spokesman also said the size of the landing area was not an issue in the crash.

The spokesman told 19 Action News that the soggy ground caused by weekend rain was probably a major factor, a conclusion he shares with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

The FAA will conduct a follow-up probe.

Because the airfield is private, it is not monitored by the FAA or the Ohio Department of Transportation. The three planes housed at the airstrip, however, are licensed with the FAA.

Crazy Bob's has been open since 1980. The Highway Patrol says there have been no incidents at the airstrip over the past thirteen years that the agency tracked.

No one can say for certain how many private landing strips can be found in Ohio, but it is likely that there are hundreds across the state, located mostly in rural areas.

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