8/9/2017 1:16:00 PM Small plane crashes outside of Wellston
Two of the first responders called to the scene of a plane crash late this morning (Wednesday) are shown here examining the wreckage. The small passenger plane came to rest near the roadway on Loop Road outside of the City of Wellston. The plane’s two male passengers were transported from the scene for medical evaluation. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
Area emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a plane crash late this morning (Wednesday) in the area of Loop and Jack Vaughn Roads off of State Route 327 outside of the City of Wellston.
Dispatchers first alerted local first responders at approximately 11:47 a.m. today after a small passenger plane crash-landed near the roadway on Loop Road off of State Route 327. The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, was being piloted by 26-year-old Stephen Dawson of Louisville, Kentucky when it crashed near Loop Road north of Wellston, according to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). According to the pilot, a loss of power to the engine was the cause of the crash.
Dawson was doing an aerial gas pipeline inspection at the time of the incident. According to the OSHP report, the plane struck an incline on the west side of Loop Road, then jumped across the road striking a wire fence, eventually coming to rest on its landing gear. The plane sustained damage to the wing, landing gear, and nose.
Dawson was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital by MedFlight helicopter for an incapacitating injury, although it was reported that his injuries were non-life-threatening.
A passenger in the plane, 26-year-old Joshua Simone of Louisville, Kentucky, was taken by Jackson County EMS to Holzer Medical Center-Jackson for evaluation, although he did not suffer any serious injuries according to the OSHP report.
Responding to the scene were members of the Wellston Fire Department, Coalton Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, OSHP, Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and representatives from the Cincinnati office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA will continue the investigation into the cause of the crash.