Sad to report that a local pilot was killed on Tuesday in a nearby town. The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane which seems to have struck a tree or utility line. Its too early for the NTSB preliminary report but the following extract from the local newspaper sadly says it all.
A witness driving a tractor near the scene of the crash, who later found out the man killed was a family friend, provided some insight.
The witness, who asked not to be identified, said sometime after 4 p.m. he saw the small plane flying â€œout of the southwestâ€ about 100 yards above the ground.
The witness said the plane then â€œmade a shot to the southeast,â€ adding the pilot didnâ€™t seem to be having problems but was performing maneuvers.
The witness said the plane was flying close to the ground and then seemed to hit something â€” possibly a utility line or a tree â€” but he could not tell.
When the collision occurred, â€œone wing went one way and the plane went down,â€ the witness said.