A Castle Rock pilot who flies for Frontier Airlines was killed Tuesday when his single-engine airplane crashed in a residential neighborhood in a western Ohio town shortly after takeoff.
Leonard Evan Notek, 37, was flying a two-seat Helton Lark 95 over the Great Miami River when it crashed into trees and a utility pole. The plane ended up in the yard of a home.
Notek was dead at the scene, investigators said. His passenger, Nikki Romero, 35, was listed in good condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
The plane, manufactured in 1966, had taken off from nearby Moraine Air Park.
Darrell Montgomery, a maintenance worker at the air park, said the plane began sputtering as it was flying over the river.
Notek's mother, Linda Notek of Beavercreek, said her son was flying the plane to Reno, Nev., after someone there bought it.
West Carrollton is about 10 miles south of Dayton.
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