3 injured after small plane makes ‘emergency landing’ at Mayfield Middle School

Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 11:39 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Mayfield City School officials said a small plane made an emergency landing at the middle school on Tuesday morning.

A statement from the district said the plane made the “emergency landing” in the lower football field behind Mayfield Middle School along SOM Center Road at around 11:10 a.m.

According to lead investigators, the pilot and the passengers on board were attempting a training exercise that simulates when an engine goes out. The plane then shut off completely, prompting the Instructor to take over and do an emergency landing

Three passengers were on the single-engine plane and were injured and taken to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment to minor injuries, Mayfield Heights police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Their names were released hours after the crash.

Laurence E. Rohl, 79, (lead pilot – flight trainer)

Catherine H. Terez, 27, (pilot in training)

Ted R. Rieple III, 52, (passenger)

Our team learned that the plane was flown almost everyday for the past two weeks.

Making stops in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Students and staff at Mayfield Middle School were not affected, according to the district.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

This is a developing story.