Defiance man crashes plane in Paulding County

OAKWOOD — A Defiance man was hurt when he crashed his plane Friday afternoon near Oakwood.

According to a news release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin A. Dobbelaere, 35, was piloting the 1980 Piel Emeraude Model CP-301 aircraft when it crashed in a plowed field on the east side of road 163, north of road 138 in Paulding County. The aircraft had just taken off from a privately owned grass runway several hundred feet west of the crash site.

Dobbelaere was flown to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

Deputies are working in conjunction with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Oakwood Fire & EMS, Paulding EMS and Paulding County Emergency Management Agency.

This accident remains under investigation.

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