WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) – An 80-year-old pilot flying solo from Burlington, Vt., to Los Angeles was killed Tuesday when his small plane crashed in a northeast Ohio corn field, authorities said.

Winston Niver of Los Angeles apparently tried to land in a field, gouging the ground, then flew over a road and crashed in another field around 12:44 p.m. in the single-engine 1987 Mooney 201LM he owned, the State Highway Patrol said.

A farmer, Greg Hartzler, told troopers he saw the plane nose dive into the cornfield. He said the propeller did not appear to be turning.

The crash site is northeast of Wooster between Smithville and Orrville, about 45 miles south of Cleveland.

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