2 Dead, 1 Hurt After Small Plane Crash In Ohio

By Salon Staff

Published December 25, 2011 6:36AM (EST)

McARTHUR, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed and a third was flown to a hospital after a single-engine plane crashed near a small airport in rural southeastern Ohio.

Elizabeth Isham Cory of the Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Saturday near the Vinton County Airport, about 50 miles southeast of Columbus.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol early Sunday identified the two people killed as 78-year-old Eudora Byers of Mansfield, Ohio, and 50-year-old Siobhan Reynolds of New Mexico. Authorities say the pilot, 54-year-old Kevin Byers of Baltimore, Ohio, remains in critical condition.

Vinton County coroner's investigator Steve Huston said the plane apparently was approaching the runway but ended up along a road parallel to the airport. The FAA was gathering details on the plane's route.

Salon Staff

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