63-year-old killed in small plane crash near Elyria airport

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- A 63-year-old man was killed in a small plane crash in Elyria on Sunday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 2:31 p.m. near the Elyria Airport on Middle Avenue.

Officials say the two-seater Piper Cub 1940s era plane was piloted by Joseph Begany, 63, of Elyria.  The plane crashed nose first into the ground in a farmer's field not far from the airport's runway.  It sustained heavy damage.

“I see planes flying in and out of here all of the time,” Mike Bakos, who lives near the Elyria Airport, said. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this.”

Begany was the sole occupant of the plane.  He sustained multiple injuries as a result of the crash and passed away from those injuries.

Bakos also said said his heart goes out to the Begany’s loved ones.

“It’s sad. Something had to go wrong. He fell short of the runway,” he said. “Oh, do I feel for the family.”

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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