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Plane carrying federal inmate, 5 others crashes at Geauga County Airport


A plane carrying a federal inmate crashed at the Geauga County Airport on Wednesday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contacted the Geauga County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday morning regarding a distress call from a plane that made an emergency landing at the Geauga County Airport, located at 15421 Old State Road in Middlefield.

The landing occurred at approximately 9 a.m.

The plane was traveling from Youngstown to Detroit and carrying four law enforcement officers with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the pilot, and an inmate from the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.

The plane sustained minor damage in the crash. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that its four staff members and the inmate were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office said that the prisoner was picked up and taken back to Youngstown.

The crash is believed to have occurred when the eight-passenger, twin-engine plane experienced an engine failure. Unable to complete a safe landing on the airport’s runway due to tailwind, the plane proceeded to slide 100-200 yards to the east.

Isabel Lawrence reports: —

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