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SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB releases report on fatal Clark County plane crash

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:25 PM

SKY 7: Over the Clark County Plane Crash site

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m. (Mar. 7):

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report for the fatal plane crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington, last month.

According to the report, Spier was flying a Macleod Homebuilt aircraft when he crashed the plane about 470 feet south of a private grass airstrip in Springfield.

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The plane was privately registered and was being used for a personal flight, according to the report.

The report indicated that no flight plan had been filed.

UPDATE @ 3:28 p.m. (Feb. 20):

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington.

Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon.

A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene.

Investigators plan to look into the pilot, maintenance records for the plane and weather as part of their investigation.

UPDATE @ 11:25 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the pilot killed as 24-year-old Jordan A. Spier of Wilmington.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane, a Macleod homebuilt fixed wing single-engine experimental plane crash near a private airstrip at a residence in the 300 block of Titus Avenue. The pilot was the only occupant of the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the patrol’s Springfield Post.

The FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.

OSP Sgt. Richard Dixon said Spier had a valid license. The plane was registered to Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon, but the patrol did not release how the pilot and aircraft owner were related.

Harmony Twp. Fire and EMS, Pleasant Twp. Fire and EMS, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene.

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

A 24-year-old man was killed in a small plane crash this afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The aircraft was registered to a Springfield surgeon, but he was not the pilot. The patrol’s Springfield Post is investigating the crash, but has not released the pilot’s identity, nor the pilot’s relationship to the registered owner.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke to the doctor’s neighbors, Brian and Debbie Miller, who said their neighbor has two hangars and an air strip on his property.

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UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.

The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. and resulted in a fatality this afternoon is registered to a Springfield resident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information connected to the plane’s tail number is registered with the FAA. The registration information indicates the plane was homemade in the 1970s and was considered an experimental aircraft.

UPDATE @ 4:58 p.m.

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash in Clark County this afternoon, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on the scene.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a small plane crash in Clark County has resulted in at least one fatality.

Emergency crews and the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post are on scene, which is in a field not far from I-70 in Harmony Twp.

Emergency dispatch centers are unable to confirm the number or severity of injuries that are being reported frrom the scene.

According to emergency scanner traffic, CareFlight was called for one person who had suffered a head injury. A short time later, emergency scanner traffic indicated an official at the scene reported to dispatchers the incident has resulted in a fatality. The medical helicopter was then canceled.


The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field near the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area west of I-70.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.