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OHP: Plane crash at Dayton International 'pilot error'


UPDATE: The 73-year-old pilot who walked away from a plane crash Thursday afternoon at Dayton International Airport is James D. Bryson of Troy.

Officials say he took off from Benton Harbor, Mich., stopped in Piqua and ended up skidding to a stop via belly slide at the Dayton airport.

Trooper Mark Murray, Ohio Highway Patrol, said, "it was pilot error."

Bryson "neglected to drop his landing gear," Murray said, noting the pilot has several hundred hours of flight time.

The FAA has been notified. Any charges would be pursued by that agency, Murray said.

EARLIER: Emergency crews at Dayton International Airport rushed to the scene of a small Cessna plane crash Thursday afternoon.

According to airport officials, a Cessna 210 aircraft landed without its landing gear at approximately 2 p.m. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on scene to investigate the crash said the pilot did a belly slide to bring the plane to a stop.

The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft and was not injured.

Airport officials said no commercial flights are delayed because of the crash. All commercial flights are using two of three runways at the airport.

The runway used by the Cessna pilot is closed temporarily.

A check with the FAA shows the plane is registered to Bryson Air Incorporated in Casstown, Ohio. We've also learned the plane was being housed inside a rented hangar at Aviation Sales on North Dixie Drive in Vandalia.

Sandy's Towing Company responded to the crash site to remove the plane.

We have a reporter on the scene and will post updates to this site as the story develops.


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