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Published: Monday, 7/21/2003

Man badly hurt in plane crash near Sandusky

SANDUSKY - A single-engine plane crashed in a field southeast of here yesterday, seriously injuring one of the four people inside.

The plane went down about 10:30 a.m. in an open area in Erie County's Perkins Township just west of the Fairlawn Lanes housing development, Perkins Township fire Lt. Lisa Fox said.

One man with multiple injuries was flown to Medical College of Ohio Hospitals.

“It took us a good 30 minutes to extricate him ...” Lieutenant Fox said.

Ambulances took the plane's three other passengers to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

Authorities would not release the names of any of the passengers yesterday.

The plane was on its way to nearby Griffing Airport in Sandusky, and may have been coming from Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lieutenant Fox said.

FAA officials, who identified the plane as a Piper PA-24 Comanche, were investigating the crash.

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