Sunday, November 23, 2008


Avon Lake – Avon Lake Firefighters and Police were called to the area of Walker Road Park after a small plane made an emergency landing.

Officials say that neither the pilot, 71-year-old Roger Johnston, nor his passenger, 34-year-old Matthew Wilson, were injured during the landing.

The men took off in a 2006 Flight Design CTSW from Burke Lakefront Airport and were returning to Lorain County Regional Airport when they began experiencing engine trouble over the Lake. Johnston was attempting to return to Burke and had been granted clearance to land but was unable to make it due to worsening engine troubles. That is when Johnston put the small plane down in a field on the eastern edge of Avon Lake.

The plane will remain in the field until the FAA can inspect it – once that is done the plane will be disassembled and returned to his hanger at the Lorain County Airport.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is also investigating the crash.


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