Plane crashes outside Cardington after hitting barn


One person was injured when a single engine aircraft crashed into a field near 3226 Twp. Rd. 152, in Cardington.

At approximately 4:30 pm today, emergency crews responded to a call of a single engine plane crash that was engulfed in flames.

The pilot of the Cessna, Joe Dreyer, was able to exit the aircraft and walk to an ambulance under his own power. According to the pilot’s sister Lois Rogers, Dreyer suffered burns on his arm and other minor injuries. He was transported by Delaware EMS to The Ohio State University Wexner Burn Center.

Dreyer is a known local small aircraft pilot and has been flying for over 35 years. This is his first accident, according to his sister. He has a small airstrip and hangar on his property.

One witness at the scene described hearing unusual engine noises before hearing the crash.

Rogers said that Dreyer may have been experiencing engine trouble as she heard him gunning the engine before flying beyond the end of the runway where he clipped a small metal barn which flipped the aircraft and caused it to crash.

There were no other passengers on board. The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Responding to the scene were multiple units from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware EMS, Elm Valley Fire District, Cardington Fire Department and the Cardington Police Department.

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