FAA Takes Over Investigation into Fatal Plane Crash

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin
By Stephanie Parkinson

April 27, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM EDT

BRYAN, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation into a plane crash that happened near Bryan, Ohio Saturday and left one man dead.

21 Alive reached out to the FAA and was told no further details will be released at this time.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol the crash happened around 8:30 Saturday morning. The plane was attempting to land on the grass runway at Aero Park. At the same time, another plane was attempting to land from the opposite direction.

The pilot, 62-year-old Leslie Dean, tried to avoid the other plane by gaining altitude and veering to the left, but lost power and crashed.

Dean died Saturday shortly after being taken to the hospital. His passenger, 51-year-old Kent Hyne, is still being treated at a Toledo hospital.

21 Alive called the number listed for Aero Park and spoke with someone who works at the small rural airport. When asked if they are still open that person said the airport is only open on Saturday mornings. That same person said they hope to be open this coming weekend but said that will depend on the FAA’s investigation.

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