FAA investigates 2 separate Brown County plane crashes

Published: Aug. 5, 2016 at 1:26 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM EDT
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BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Federal and state authorities are investigating two separate small plane crashes in Brown County Thursday night.

Both aircraft went down at scenes about 20 miles apart just minutes apart starting at 8:04 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Georgetown post.

The first plane crash occurred in the area of Fryer Road, near Russellville.

A 1973 Cessna piloted by Timothy Howser, 46, of Batavia, crashed into a field after reportedly having engine trouble, the patrol said in a prepared statement.

Howser suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital by Russellville Emergency Medical Services.

Timothy Howser's passenger, Tony Howser, 44, of Highland Heights was not injured,according to the patrol.

The second plane crash was reported about 8:07 p.m. in the area of Carpenter Road, near Mount Orab.

The experimental aircraft, piloted by Kristopher Cooper, 42, of Hamersville also crashed into a field after reportedly having engine trouble, patrol officials said.

Cooper was not hurt. He was the only one in the aircraft.

Both pilots had reported refueling their planes before they departed the Brown County Airport, according to the patrol.

The highway patrol was assisted at the scene of both crashes by Russellville Police and Fire Departments, Mount Orab Police and Fire Departments and the Brown County Emergency Management Agency.

The Federal Aviation was notified of both crashes, which remain under investigation.

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