Sun City man killed in plane crash into Ohio home

Screenshot video via The Associated Press courtesy Carter Waide

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s State Highway Patrol has identified the pilot killed when a small plane crashed into a suburban Cincinnati house.

The patrol on Wednesday said the pilot of the twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo that crashed in the city of Madeira shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday was David Sapp, 62, of Sun City, Arizona.

Emergency responders said no one was in the home when the crash occurred. First responders got two dogs out of the house safely.

The patrol said the plane was taking aerial photos and gathering geographic mapping information before it went down.

Sun City neighbor compliments Sapp

Mark Muller told the Daily News-Sun that he was on his way home to Sun City from Northern Arizona when his wife informed him of the crash.

He said Mr. Sapp has been renting the house next to his for about a couple of years. Mr. Sapp was apparently getting ready to close on the house this week.

Mr. Muller told the Daily News-Sun that Mr. Sapp was the greatest guy and neighbor anyone could ask for.

“He was someone you could count on for anything,” Mr. Muller said, complimenting his neighbor for his HVAC and other skills.

Crash under investigation

Patrol officials said the plane was registered to Marc Inc., based in Bolton, Mississippi. A message seeking comment was left for the company’s attorney.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate to determine what caused the crash.

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