OAKWOOD, Ohio — A fixed-wing, single airplane crashed in Brown Township, in the area of rural Oakwood in Paulding County, Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff's office.
The crash occurred in a plowed field on the east side of Road 163, north of Road 138. The aircraft had just taken off from a privately-owned grass runway several hundred feet west of the crash site.
Dustin Dobbelaere, age 35, from Defiance, Ohio, was piloting the 1980 Piel Emeraude Model CP-301 aircraft when it crashed, and he was the lone occupant.
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He was transported via life flight to a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His condition is unknown at this time.
Deputies are working in conjunction with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Oakwood Fire & EMS, Paulding EMS and Paulding County Emergency Management Agency.
This accident remains under investigation.