1 killed in plane crash near New Fairview

By Reece Waddell and Austin Jackson | Published Thursday, July 12, 2018.
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An 86-year-old man was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed in a field north of Farm Road 407 near Fairview Airport Thursday afternoon, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.

Haschel said the the pilot was the sole occupant of the plane, described as a 1936 Rose Parakeet, fixed wing aircraft.

James Edwards, a New Fairview resident who lives just outside where the plane crashed, said he witnessed the plane take off, but didn’t see what caused the crash.

“I watched him take off and turn back around,” Edwards said. “It took off loud and instantly, no sound.”

Haschel said it is unknown at this time was caused the plane to go down. He added the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Traffic Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting an investigation.

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