PORTAGE TOWNSHIP A passenger of a small airplane was hospitalized with a head injury after it crashed Thursday in Port Clinton.
The aircraft, a 2003 Mooney, M20M, occupied by pilot Dennis M. Liebman, 60 and passenger, Steven D. Smith, 43 were attempting to land on runway 18, came in with too much speed and the pilot decided to make a go around attempting to lift off again. The aircraft did not get enough power to ascend accordingly and the pilot attempted to land in a grass field southeast of the runway. The aircraft came down in the field, then rolled into a wooded area, completely damaging the aircraft. The aircraft came to rest about 50 feet from the Ohio 2 right of way fence. The men are Ottawa County residents who were returning from a golf outing in Columbus. The pilot was not injured and the passenger initially claimed no injuries. Later, he was transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton for a head injury.
The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and is investigating in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Agencies assisting were the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Port Clinton Fire Department, FAA, Danbury Police Department, Catawba Island Police Department and North Central EMS.