About 5:49 p.m. Monday, the 911 Center received a cell phone call from an acquaintance of the victim who witnessed the crash and called for medical assistance.
Fyffe crashed in a soy bean field in the 6400 block of U.S. 23 in Clay Township.
He was immediately transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center by American Ambulance and died from injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to a press release from Sheriff Marty V. Donini.
A passenger in the aircraft, Linda Glass, 50, of Slate Run Road, Lucasville, was injured and transported by Health Net medical helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where she was in fair condition Monday night.
Rosemount Squad 12, Clay Squad 11 and the Rosemount Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
Donini said the preliminary investigation is ongoing. It appears that during take off, the pilot's aircraft failed to clear the tops of trees located about 1,250 feet from the start of the runway, he said.
The bottom portion of the aircraft made contact with the trees, causing the aircraft to topple and crash approximately 60 feet to the ground, he said.
No other details were available at press time, but Donini stated it “appears to be an unfortunate accident.”