Zanesville man identified as pilot killed in plane crash near Heath

The president emeritus of Zane State College has been identified as the pilot who was killed Tuesday afternoon when he crashed a single-engine plane in a wooded area near Heath in Licking County.

Paul R. Brown, 74, of Zanesville, was the pilot and only person on board the 2005 Cessna Skylane 182-T plane that crashed minutes after departing Newark-Heath Airport in 1:37 p.m., according to an Ohio State news release. Highway Patrol.

Troops and the Heath Fire Department were called around 1.40pm to a reported plane crash in the 400 block of Linnville Road, just east of Route 13.

Brown was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, troopers said.

A former Air Force pilot, Brown was president emeritus of Zane State College, a community college with campuses in Zanesville and Cambridge that offers some 40 associated programs and certificates, workshops and vocational training, according to its site. website.

Zane State College posted an obituary of Brown on its Facebook page Tuesday evening.

Paul R. Brown, President Emeritus of Zane State College

“Dr. Paul R. Brown…leader, mentor, friend. Through his vision of what this community could be and his belief in shaping a better future, he touched so many lives in Southeast Ohio” , said the tribute.

“Our College mourns this loss, and our hearts are with his wife Linda and his family.”

In January 2004, Brown became the fifth president of what was then Muskingum Area Technical College. Within a year, he spearheaded his rebrand to Zane State College and reversed a decade of declining enrollment by increasing student numbers above the previous two years combined.

Brown is credited with increasing part-time course offerings for students who work with families and working with administrators to design a curriculum with hands-on learning opportunities. He retired from college in 2015.

The Paul R. Brown EPIC Center, a state-of-the-art classroom space, labs, community space, and academic office space, and a 200-foot-long enclosed pedestrian bridge on Brick Church Road that connects the EPIC Center with the Willett – The Pratt Training Center on the Zane State campus was named in Brown’s honor. who retired from the university in 2014.

The Paul R. Brown EPIC Center and Zane State College Pedestrian Bridge

Initial reports said the plane was a federal government aircraft, but it was later determined to be a private craft, the director of the Licking County Emergency Management Agency said. Sean Grady.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a Tweet that he was investigating the crash of a Cessna 182T plane near Newark. The Highway Patrol said in its statement that the Federal Aviation Administration would also be involved in the investigation.

Linnville Road was closed for several hours between Blackfoot Trail and Old Linnville Road due to the accident and the investigation. The road has since reopened.

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