Pilot alive after aircraft crash in Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD COUNTY (WCMH) — A pilot was seriously injured but expected to be OK after crashing an ultralight on top of a manufacturing plant roof, according to troopers.

Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the pilot, 65-year-old Ron Starr, crashed just after 8pm Saturday on the rooftop of Sakas Inc., at 312 Baltimore-Somerset Road just east of Baltimore in Fairfield County. He was taken to Grant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers said Starr, who had experience flying aircraft and owned several ultralights, was aiming for a private grass landing strip near the building. They are investigating what caused the pilot to go off course and crash land on top of the plant.

Witnesses told investigators they saw the aircraft coming in low and shaky.

No other injuries were reported.

According to the Sakas Inc. website, the plant is a 35,000-square foot building that houses manufacturing facilities and general offices for the company.

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