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Pilot dead after small plane crashes into pond after take-off from Wadsworth Airport

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 19:28:11-04

WADSWORTH, Ohio — One person is dead after a plane crashed in Wadsworth on Friday afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Wadsworth police say a small plane, likely a single-engine, took off from the Wadsworth airport Friday and crashed in a nearby pond.

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The plane was only in the air for about two to three minutes, OSHP said.

On Friday afternoon, a News 5 reporter on scene said a body was pulled from the water.

According to OSHP, the pilot has been identified as Peter Klapp, 74, of Canton.

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Sergeant Ray Santiago, of the OSHP, said the pilot was in contact with the tower prior to the crash and there may have been a mechanical failure.

A dive team responded. Some of the wreckage is submerged, and some is not.

The OSHP said people nearby reported hearing an explosion.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the crash site.

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