CHARLOE — A Defiance man sustained serious injuries Friday afternoon after his plane crashed near here.

According to Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers, shortly after 3:30 p.m., a fixed-wing, single-engine airplane crashed in Brown Township, near Charloe.

The crash occurred in a plowed field on the east side of Township Road 163, north of County Road 138. The aircraft had just taken off from a privately-owned grass runway several hundred feet west of the crash site.

Dustin Dobbelaere, 35, was piloting the 1980 Piel Emeraude model CP-301 aircraft when it crashed, and he was the lone occupant. Dobbelaere was transported via air ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Dobbelaere’s medical condition was unknown at press time Friday night.

Deputies are working in conjunction with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Oakwood Fire and EMS, Paulding EMS and Paulding County Emergency Management Agency.

This accident remains under investigation.

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