Glouster Man Found Dead In Airplane Crash Near OU Airport

By
Joe Higgins - Athens Messenger Editor
Allen Henry

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Updated Mon, Apr 7, 2014 3:12 pm
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A small plane crashed near the Ohio University Airport in Albany around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The pilot, Charles Wagner, 73, of Glouster — the plane's only occupant — was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 73-year-old Glouster man has died in an airplane crash that occurred Saturday evening near the intersection of Routes 32 and 50, close to Ohio University's Gordon K. Bush Airport.

Charles Wagner was piloting a 1972 Bellanca Super Viking four-seat plane from Bristol, Tenn. in what was scheduled to be a flight of about one hour and 18 minutes when the crash happened. Wagner was the only occupant of the plane.

According to the Athens County Public Information Officer Network, Athens County 911 received a call at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday reporting the crash.

The Albany Area Volunteer Fire Department and Athens County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene.

First responders found the small four-person, single engine aircraft with its top to the ground. Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene.

The last recorded data on the flight plan showed the plane was traveling at 160 mph at an altitude of 4,500 feet at 6:26 p.m.

Data related to the aircraft shows that Wagner registered the plane in June of 2006 and was last in action in August of 2013.

Several emergency response agencies were on scene including Albany Fire Department, Ohio University Police Department, Athens County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The last fatal accident recorded at the airport was in 1973 when two planes collided in flight.

Both pilots were killed in that incident.

The incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
 

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