Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Public safety briefs



Midair collision under investigation

HARRISON - What caused two single-engine planes to collide in midair Sunday at the Cincinnati West Airport remained under investigation Monday.

Three men walked away from the planes with injuries that were not life-threatening and taken to University Hospital, authorities said.

The two planes were practicing landings when they collided at 300 to 400 feet. The planes landed, one on top of the other, in a gravel pit.

A flight instructor who witnessed the collision said the landing gear of one plane struck the top of the other plane.

The pilot of the aircraft that came down on top was Jack H. Behr, 63, of Cleves, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. His condition was not available.

His passenger, Leroy Sabatelli, 79, of Harrison, was listed in fair condition at University Hospital, a hospital spokesman said. He declined an interview Monday.

The pilot in the second plane, Jack Deye, 77, of Cincinnati was treated and released.

Woman found pinned under van wheel, dies

MONTGOMERY - A 46-year-old woman died in what appears to be an accident Sunday morning at a city park, police said.

A city service worker emptying trash at Dulle Park on Deerfield Road discovered Jayne O'Neill at 8:59 a.m. with the front left wheel of her van on her chest, said Montgomery Police Lt. Jerry Beitman.

It appears the woman left her van to put a bag of garbage into a Dumpster, he said. Somehow her car moved back and hit her, pinning her, he said.

The woman died at the scene, but the time of death was not known Monday, he said.

A spokesman for the Hamilton County Coroner's Office said Monday that O'Neill's cause of death was listed as traumatic asphyxia and injury to the ribs.




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