UPDATE: Family Members Remember Pilot Killed in Athens County Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff, Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Associated Press Email

UPDATE 4/8/14 @ 9:35 a.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A family member says a 73-year-old man killed in a southeast Ohio plane crash over the weekend was an experienced flier who manned Navy jets in the Vietnam war and piloted commercial planes.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it could months before a report is issued on the cause of the Saturday crash that killed pilot Charles Wagner as he was trying to land his single-engine plane at the Ohio University airport.

Wagner was returning home from an aviation event in Florida when he crashed near a quarry a few hundred yards from the runway.

Son Kevin Wagner says his father took ground fire as a Navy pilot in Vietnam and once thwarted a hijacking attempt while he was a commercial pilot in the 1970s.

UPDATE 4/5/14 @ 9:12 p.m.
ALBANY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash across from the Ohio University airport in eastern Ohio as a 73-year-old Athens County man.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that Charles Wagner crashed the 1972 Bellanca Super Viking around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the Route 50-Route 32 split in Albany.

The agency says Wagner had been en route to the airport.

The pilot was the only person in the four-seat plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

UPDATE 4/5/14 @ 9:12 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The pilot of a small plane died when it crashed Saturday evening, according to the county's public information officer, Dan Pfeiffer.

The crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. near U.S. Route 50 and the Gordon K. Bush Airport.

First responders say it was a four-person, single-engine plane, but the pilot was the only one on board.

That person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are working to notify family before releasing the pilot's name.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified and an FAA team has been dispatched to the scene.

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ALBANY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One person has died following a plane crash in Athens County.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a small plane crash near the intersection of US Route 50 and State Route 32 near Albany.

Crews from Athens, Albany, Ohio University and the State Highway Patrol are on the scene.

According to Albany Area Fire Department Fire Chief Warren Keirns, one person died at the scene.

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