Two planes crash in Brown County

By Wayne Gates –
Two small planes crashed within three minutes of each other in Brown County on the evening of August 4.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, both had refueled their airplanes and taken off from the Brown County airport and reported engine trouble before crashing.

Russellville crash site
Russellville crash site

The first crash happened at 8:04 p.m. when a 1973 Cessna piloted by Timothy Howser, 46, of Batavia crashed into a field near Fryer Road in Russellville.

Howser was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Passenger Tony Howser, 44, of Highland Heights KY, wasn’t injured.

Mt. Orab crash site
Mt. Orab crash site
The second crash happened three minutes later when Kristopher Cooper, 42, of Hamersville, went down near Carpenter Road in Mount Orab.  Cooper was the only occupant of the experimental airplane and was not injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be on the scene August 5 to investigate, according to FAA spokesperson Tony Molinario.
Molinario said that it would take a few weeks for a final determination of the reason for the two crashes, and that no other information would be available until the final report.
The highway patrol was assisted following both crashes by the Russellville Police and Fire Departments, Mount Orab Police and Fire Departments and the Brown County Emergency Management Agency.