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New details on pilot, passenger released after small plane crashes in Akron

Authorities previously reported it’s suspected the plane ran out of fuel.

AKRON, Ohio — Two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a small plane crashed in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood on Monday evening.

New details released late Tuesday morning include the names of the pilot and passenger involved in the crash, which are listed as follows:

  • Pilot and owner of the plane: Kenneth Jones, 71, of Mogadore
  • Passenger: Lisa Baum, 63, of Uniontown

Both are said to be in serious – but stable – condition, according to Sgt. Ray Santiago with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Authorities tell 3News the preliminary investigation shows that the plane -- a Cessna 172 -- departed Chambers Airport in Tunkhannock, Penn., at approximately 4:31 p.m. Monday and was supposed to arrive at Akron Fulton Airport (near the Rubber Bowl) at 7 p.m.

Credit: Ohio State Highway Patrol
At the site of the plane crash in Akron's Ellet neighborhood.

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The plane went down shortly after 7 p.m. in a parking lot near the Hyre Community Learning Center within the 2800 block of Wedgewood Drive. Authorities previously reported it’s suspected the plane ran out of fuel.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

You can watch more video from the scene in the video provided below:

Posted by Larry Bender on Monday, July 4, 2022

This is the second small plane crash reported in Northeast Ohio in less than a week. It comes after a 2018 Vans Kit Model Aircraft overturned just north of the runway at the Skypark Airport in Medina County last Wednesday.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on June 23, 2022.

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