Plane crashes just after takeoff at rural Ohio airfield; 2 dead


APPLE CREEK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a privately owned airfield in rural Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol confirms two people were found dead Monday morning in the wreckage not far from Stoltzfus Airfield in Wayne County, roughly 50 miles south of Cleveland.

There was no immediate word on their identities or what caused the crash. It occurred as the area was blanketed in snow and shivering in single-digit temperatures after a weekend winter storm.

WJW-TV reports witnesses said the plane took out power lines as it went down.

The station reports the turboprop plane was registered to Priority Air Charter in nearby Kidron.

Sellers says the Federal Aviation Administration was notified and headed to the scene.