Crash claims pilot’s life

MARYSVILLE — A twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed Sunday into a farm field along U.S Route 42 east and south of Marysville, killing the pilot.

US Route 42 Plane Crash Photo 1

Deputies of the Union County Sheriff’s Office released a photograph of the crash site involving a twin-engine plane Sunday afternoon along U.S. Route 42 north of U.S. Route 33. (PHOTO | UNION COUNTY SHERIFF)

Matthew Hayden, 44, of Phoenix, Ariz., was the only occupant in the eight-seat plane registered to Classic Solutions Co. Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif.

He was en route from Dayton International Airport to Delaware Municipal Airport, according to deputies of the Union County Sheriff’s Office who are investigating the 5:40 p.m. crash.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board has arrived from Dallas, Texas, this morning and will be on site to help with the crash investigation.

Authorities will close U.S. 42 between U.S. Route 33 and State Route 257 at 2 p.m. today to resume the investigation.

That section of U.S. 42 had been closed until 4 a.m. today as part of the initial investigation.

Deputies report the plane came down in a farm field on the west side of U.S. 42 between Harriott and Bell roads. It continued eastward across U.S 42 and hit several utility poles.

The plane broke apart into several hundred pieces strewn across a 400- to 500-yard path.

There was light snow under overcast skies at the time of the crash.

Other agencies assisting at the scene include the Union County Emergency Management Agency, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The crash is being investigated by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Electrical service to Plain City was interrupted by the crash.

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