Plane Crashes Near Dayton Airport.
By Austin Copeland.
A plane crashes near the Dayton airport on a stormy day, 300 yards from the control tower, the pilot having died in the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
At 5:45 p.m. on June 9th, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk took off from the Dayton airport, with Lawd Smith, a well-known local business man in the pilot seat. Lt. Michael Walton, the police department’s Public Information Officer, informed the Salem Tribune that Smith had been planning to fly to central Oregon for a long weekend, but the plane crashed almost immediately after takeoff.
Marcia Collins of the Portland Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene shortly before we did. She said, “It was taking off about 15 minutes ago when it crashed in a field adjacent to the runway. The control tower tells me the pilot managed to get off the ground but immediately after takeoff he radioed the tower, saying he was having major problems controlling the aircraft.”
The crash is still under investigation, Collins said. The police department is not yet sure whether the complications were due to weather or malfunction of the aircraft.
The Skyhawk 172 can takeoff with a maximum weight of 2300 lbs, a four seat light aircraft created by the airline company Cessna. It is a small, single-engine plane, about 42,500 produced during its history. For more information on this aircraft, one can visit http://www.airliners.net/aircraft-data/stats.main?id=141, our main source of information.
Plane crashed near airport, 5:45 p.m. Police not yet sure what happened yet. Probably the weather. Pilot’s dead. Police still investigating.