Patrol confirms one dead in Beloit plane crash

Beloit plane crash


BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified a man who was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post Commander Lt. Nakia Hendrix said the victim is Robert Stuhlmiller, 72, of Alliance.

Stuhmiller had taken off from Tri-City airport around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

A woman walking in the woods said the plane crashed in a field down the street from West Branch High School. The airport is right next to the field where the plane crashed.

The field where the plane crashed is owned by Sweet Meadow Farms Drainage, according to a sign on the property. The owners said their son was out in the field, which is right next to Tri-City Airport, when he found the plane.

The son said the engine was still warm, but Stuhmiller was already was dead. He said he believes the plane was an experimental one.

Several crews responded to the scene including a representative from the coroner’s officer, the FAA, and additional emergency crews.

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