Monday, July 3, 2017

Harry A. Ross, a 70-year-old Edinboro pilot, is dead after his SlipStream Genesis ultralight aircraft crashed nose first into a soybean field in Conneaut Township, Crawford County, PA and caught fire.

LINESVILLE, Pa. -- A coroner says a 70-year-old man died of trauma injuries and burns when his small plane crashed a short distance from a tiny airport in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell says Harry Albert Ross, of Edinboro, was killed in Conneaut Township, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. The plane crashed about 7:30 p.m. Sunday about a half-mile from Merrys Pymatuning Airport.

The Pennsylvania State Police were securing the scene until Federal Aviation Administration investigators could arrive Monday.

The FAA says the plane was a Slip Stream Gennis. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause because of the fatality.Linesville Fire Chief Bill Mickle says emergency responders didn't know whether Ross had just taken off or was approaching the airport to land when he crashed


A 70-year-old Edinboro man is dead after his ultralight aircraft crashed nose first into a soybean field in Conneaut Township, Crawford County, and caught on fire. The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell told Erie News Now the man died of multiple blunt force trauma and burns. He is identified as Harry Albert Ross. His wife has been notified.

Eye witnesses called 911 to report that the plane had just taken off from nearby Merry Field airport, where Ross kept his plane, when it banked left, went into a spiral, crashed and erupted in flames. The wreckage was found about 300 feet west of Airport Road, about a mile-and-a-half north of Route 6.

Linesville Firefighters used an all terrain vehicle with water on board to get to the aircraft and put out the fire. The pilot was the only person on board.

There are no reports yet on what went wrong. The FAA is expected to investigate. The ultralight crashed not far from the site where a small Cub Kit aircraft crashed in December 2015, killing two people.


The crash was reported off Airport Road in Conneaut Township on Sunday night.

LINESVILLE, PA — One man was killed in a small plane crash in Conneaut Township in western Crawford County on Sunday night.
The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

The crash was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in a farm field off Airport Road, north of Linesville. The crash scene is located about a half mile from Merrys Pymatuning Airport.

Linesville firefighters who were dispatched to the crash arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the wreckage, Linesville fire chief Bill Mickle said.

The fire caused heavy damage to the plane, Mickle said. Mickle said it was unknown if the plane was heading into or heading out of the airport. The Pennsylvania State Police were on scene and investigating the crash site Sunday night. Mickle said state police and Linesville firefighters will remain at

N3449 Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Summary
Fixed wing single engine
(2 seats / 1 engine)
Airworthiness Class
Serial Number
ROTAX 582 (2 Cycle)
Horsepower: 65
Less than 12,500lbs
Not defined
Mode S Code
050747675 / A3CFBD

Type:SlipStream Genesis
Registration: N3449
C/n / msn: 17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Conneaut Township, Crawford County, Linesville, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Merrys Pymatuning (PA01)
Destination airport:
The experimental aircraft experienced an apparent stall/spin and subsequent impact with cornfield terrain shortly after takeoff from Merrys Pymatuning Airport (PA01) in north Linesville, Pennsylvania. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire.
The sole pilot (70) onboard received fatal injuries, died of multiple blunt force trauma and burns
The wreckage was found about 300 feet west of Airport Road, about a 1/2 mile north of Route 6.