2 passengers survive Warren County plane crash

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2022 at 8:29 AM EDT
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WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Two men are okay after a plane crashed into Caesar Creek Lake in Warren County, according to the Ohio State High Patrol Lebanon Post.

The plane went down around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the lake just north of OH-73, OSHP said.

“They were in shock. They were in shock, but thankful to be alive,” OSHP Sgt. Robert Burd said.

Because of the woods, beaches and rural terrain, it took around 15 minutes for responders to arrive.

“Fifteen minutes is life or death,” said Burd. “That is a very long time.”

Burd says engine failure caused the crash.

“They were over the lake with engine failure. They were unable to get to a wide open area,” he said of the water landing. “To make the decision means it happened without any warning.”

Burd says he’s seen many similar incidents end in fatalities.

“The landing gear, once it caught the water, flipped the plane over and spun it around.”

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