Pilot airlifted to hospital after plane crashes in rural Paulding County field

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PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) — The pilot of a plane that went down in a field has been taken to a Fort Wayne hospital, WANE 15 has learned.

A plane crashed in Paulding County field on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Viewer photo)

On Friday just after 3:30 p.m., a fixed wing single-engine airplane crashed shortly after takeoff according to a release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the pilot, Dustin Dobbelaere, 35, of Defiance, Ohio, was the only occupant in the 1980 Piel Emeraude Model CP-301 when it crashed. He was taken via helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, but the nature of his injuries is currently unknown.

The sheriff’s office says the crash occurred in the field northeast of the intersection of Roads 138 and 163 in Oakwood, Ohio. They say the plane took off from a privately-owned grass runway several hundred feet to the west of the crash.

Deputies are working in conjunction with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Oakwood Fire & EMS, Paulding EMS and Paulding County Emergency Management Agency.

This crash remains under investigation.

A photo shared with WANE 15 shows a small plane down in a field.

Officials investigate an apparent plane crash in Paulding County on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

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