Pa. man, 2 Indiana residents identified in Ohio plane crash

August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Victims of an Ohio plane crash have been identified as a Pennsylvania pilot and an Indiana man and woman.

The sheriff’s office in northeast Ohio’s Holmes County said in a statement that 48-year-old Phillip Wayne Hatfield of Easton, Pa., was killed in the crash early Monday along with his passengers, 36-year-old Jonathan K. Hines of Farmersburg, Ind., and 38-year-old Tracy L. Custer of Shelburn, Ind.

Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said the small, 1957 Piper Apache plane was headed to Steubenville in eastern Ohio and apparently was diverted because of fog. He told The Daily Record of Wooster that Hatfield was trying to land at the Holmes County Airport but was flying lower than he thought because of thick fog there.

Federal investigators are looking into the crash’s cause.

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