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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Officials say a married couple from Ohio died after their plane crashed in West Virginia. The small plane was on its way from Akron, Ohio, to Spartanburg, S.C., when it crashed about 5 p.m. Friday near Riverside in eastern Kanawha County.
Media outlets report that the National Transportation Safety Board on Saturday identified those killed as 50-year-old Lazarus Sommers and his 56-year-old wife, Maryann Sommers. The couple was from Millersburg, Ohio. The Charleston Gazette reports that the pilot of the Piper PA-32 had reportedly asked for help navigating around bad weather.
The newspaper said that West Virginia State Police responding to the crash needed about two hours to find the site with a helicopter.
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says no injuries were reported in the emergency landing of a single-engine plane on a golf course in southwest Ohio.
The patrol's Batavia post says the plane made the landing shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday on a fairway at the Stillmeadow Country Club in Clermont County. The patrol identified the two people on board as pilot Kenneth Howes and passenger and owner Karla Goodhouse, both of St. Clair, Illinois.
The patrol says its preliminary investigation indicates that engine failure after the plane took off from the Clermont County Airport forced the emergency landing. Investigators say the plane hit a sand bunker before coming to a stop and rolled partially on its side on the green. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene south of Batavia.