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Rhome man killed in plane crash

By Reece Waddell and Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
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FATAL CRASH – Dominick Pellegreno of Rhome was killed Thursday when his plane crashed in a field near Fairview Airport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

An 86-year-old man was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed in a field north of Farm Road 407 near the Fairview Airport Thursday afternoon.

The pilot, Dominick Pellegreno, of Rhome, was the sole occupant of the plane, a 1936 Rose Parakeet, fixed-wing aircraft.

James Edwards, a New Fairview resident who lives near 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.”

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said the cause of the crash is undetermined at this point. He said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) would be conducting an investigation.

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