UPDATE @ 2:26 p.m.:
Engine failure is suspected in a plane crash near Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport in New Carlisle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield post.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The plane had recently left the New Carlisle airport when it crashed around 7:42 a.m. at the Studebaker Nursery.
There people in the plane sustained minor injuries in the crash, according to the OSHP.
The plane was being operated by Nathan G. McBride, 45, of New Carlisle.
The crash remains under investigation.
UPDATE @ 9:53 a.m.:
Three people were transported to Miami Valley Hospital after a small plane crash near the Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport in New Carlisle.
According to Bethel Township Fire Chief Jacob King, emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a plane crash in the area of the Studebaker Nursery, a wholesale plant nursery near the New Carlisle airport.
Crews found that the plane, a 1958 Cesna 172 that is maintained at the airport, had hit a greenhouse.
Three people were inside the plane. Two sustained minor injuries, while one sustained more significant, but not life-threatening injuries.
At this time, the Clark County Hazmat team is working with Maine’s Towing and Recovery Services to contain a large amount of fuel that is leaking from the plane.
Bethel Twp. and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are still investigating the crash.
The exact cause of the crash is unknown, but King said that the initial explanation from the passengers is that shortly after takeoff the engine “just quit,” and the pilot was able to glide to the landing site.
Emergency crews are responding to a report of a plane crash near the New Carlisle airport.
Initial reports indicate that the pilot may be injured, and that the plane may have crashed in a nearby plant nursery.
We have a crew en route, and will update this story as we receive more information.
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