Officials: Fuel possibly low in crashed plane

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

An investigation is ongoing after a small plane struck a power line and crashed near interstates 75 and 675 Monday night.

The pilot, Doug Morgan, of Middletown, has a hangar at Hook Field. That’s where the Mooney M20E plane will be taken for investigation into the incident.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said it is believed Morgan, 50, and his passenger, who has not been identified, took off from Hook Field about 2 to 3 hours prior to the crash. It is believed the plane was low on fuel and Morgan was attempting to make an emergency landing at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport on Springboro Pike.

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Morgan and his passenger were taken to Kettering Medical Center. Morgan is listed as stable and in fair condition. The male passenger is no longer in the hospital, Kramer said.

Officials will be looking into whether alcohol is a factor in the crash.

Morgan has been a pilot since July 2012. The Federal Aviation Administration has the plane’s registration listed as “pending” and connected to Doug Morgan Construction in the 4800 block of Victoria Avenue in Middletown.

A woman who answered the door at that location declined comment.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Monday. Several emergency teams responded and searched in the dark to find the wreckage, using flashlights and looking around a Miamisburg water tower.

The passenger of the aircraft eventually flagged down a patrol trooper. Around 11:20 p.m., a Miami Twp. fire official confirmed the wreckage was found.

Miamisburg resident Steve Pleasant said he saw a small airplane flying low and it appeared to crash on the other side of a tree line. He said the crash “lit up the whole sky.”

Residents near the crash site reported hearing at least two explosions.

More than 1,100 customers lost power as a result of the crash. DP&L spokeswoman Kelly Millhouse said crews worked at Benner and Byers roads to repair a damaged transmission line.

Staff writers contributing to this report include Kelli Wynn, Kate Bartley, Dave Bennallack, Mike Campbell, Mark Bruce and Mark Gokavi.