4 injured after plane crash in Warren County

Published: Dec. 28, 2011 at 9:27 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM EST
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TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Four people were injured after a plane crash in Warren County Wednesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call at around 4:15 p.m. that a Cherokee 180 single-engine plane had crashed near the intersection of Greentree Road and Mulford Road in Turtlecreek Township, which is less than a mile away from the Lebanon-Warren County Airport.

Authorities on the scene said that the plane crashed after an unknown problem, but investigators believe that a compartment door was open and that the pilot attempted to turn around before the plane crashed. After the crash, the plane reportedly caught fire, and three of the passengers had to rescue the remaining passenger from the wreckage.

A person who lived in the area of the plane crash helped by pouring buckets of water on the flames.

The plane was piloted by Zeb Bowles, 32, who was visiting the area from Colorado. His wife, Catherine Bowles, was taken to the hospital by Careflight with serious injuries. The identities of the other two passengers have not been released, but they are believed to be related to the Bowles.

The other passengers sustained minor injuries after the crash.

Crews from Turtlecreek Township, Lebanon and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

The crash also affected power in the area for a few hours, but power has since been restored.

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