A Michigan pilot has died and his passenger remains hospitalized in fair condition after a small plane crashed this morning at Bryan Aero Park, just north of Bryan, Ohio, authorities said.
The pilot, Leslie Dean, 62, and his passenger Kent Hyne, 51, were both airlifted from the scene to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Dean died from his injuries about 1:15 p.m., the patrol said. He lived on the same road as Hyne in Ann Arbor, Mich.
About 8:30 a.m., Dean was trying to land a 2010 self-assembled, single-engine plane on the grass runway at Bryan Aero Park when another aircraft was trying to land from the opposite direction, the patrol said.
Dean attempted to avoid the other aircraft by gaining altitude and veering to the left. The airplane then lost power and crashed in a farm field, the patrol said.
The crash remains under investigation by the Defiance post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration.