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NASA Glenn employee killed in a single-engine plane crash near Elyria Airport

Posted: 4:27 PM, Jun 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 13:02:20-04
Elyria plane crash
Elyria plane crash

ELYRIA, Ohio — The pilot killed in a single-engine crash on Sunday near the Elyria Airport has been identified as a NASA Glenn employee, according to NASA.

Around 2:30 p.m., OSHP responded to reports of a plane crash near the Elyria airport, troopers said.

The Lorain County Coroner was called to the crash for a 63-year-old man who was the pilot of the plane, according to LifeCare Ambulance.

The plane, a Piper Cub, was severely damaged and the pilot, later identified as Joseph E. Begany of Elyria, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, troopers said.

Following the news, NASA Glenn released the following statement:

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Joseph Begany. Joseph was a valuable member of our team and a friend to many of us. We will miss him terribly. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.”

Elyria fatal plane crash

Photos sent to News 5 by the homeowner of the property on which the plane crashed show the heavy damage.

Elyria plane crash

No other injuries were reported, LifeCare Ambulance said.

Fellow pilots at Elyria Airport said they believe the pilot was based at a nearby airfield, Mole Airport, and came to Elyria Airport to get fuel.

The crash is currently under investigation and FAA investigators are on the way to the crash site.