Pilot dies in Athens Co. plane crash

ATHENS – Athens County resident Charles W. Wagner, 73, died Saturday when the small plane he was piloting crashed near the Ohio University Airport near Albany.

Officials are investigating the crash near Ohio University’s Gordon K. Bush Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and a crash investigation team was dispatched to the scene.

Wagner was the only person aboard the single-engine, four-seat plane, officials said.

The Athens County 911 Emergency Communications Center reported receiving a 911 call at 6:35 p.m. Saturday reporting a plane crash near 3315 U.S. 50, near the airport. The crash site is near the U.S. 50-Ohio 32 split west of the city of Athens.

The Albany Area Volunteer Fire Department and Athens County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene where first-responders found the small single-engine aircraft, said Dan Pfeiffer, public information officer for Athens County. Wagner was declared dead at the scene, he said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was on scene Saturday evening performing an aircraft crash investigation. According to the OSHP, the preliminary investigation revealed that a 1972 Bellanca Super Viking being piloted by Wagner crashed enroute to the airport.