Rootstown pilot killed in Portage County plane crash

Investigators say the crash happened in Shalersville Township around 5:30 p.m.

A pilot is dead after a plane crashed into the back deck of a home in northeast Ohio

PORTAGE CO., Ohio (WKBN) – A pilot is dead after a single-engine airplane crashed into a Portage County house Sunday evening.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Shalersville Township, near Ravenna.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 60-year-old Stephen Paulus, of Rootstown, was piloting a home-built plane when it came down in someone’s backyard, crashing into a deck.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash. Paulus was the only person on board the aircraft.

“It is believed the pilot took off from the Portage County Airport and that he was just flying around enjoying the day and may have been back en route to the airport,” said Sgt. Scott Louive.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Portage County Sheriff’s Officer were back on the scene Monday morning.

An autopsy is planned for Monday.


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