According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 69-year-old man was driving a 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee when he began experiencing engine problems.

CLYDE, Ohio – A 69-year-old Port Clinton man was taken to the hospital after his small plane crashed in a field in Sandusky County Saturday afternoon, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP paratroopers say the single-engine plane went down in a field about a half-mile northeast of the Sandusky County Regional Airport shortly before 1 p.m.

Richard Hines was piloting a 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee when the plane developed engine problems.

As he tried to return to the airport, the plane fell into a field, where the left wing came off the plane.

Hines was seriously injured in the crash and taken by ambulance to a hospital in Toledo.

The military say the situation is stable.

The accident remains under investigation.

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