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NEW INFO: Dead Pilot Identified In Duplin County Crash

State troopers have identified the pilot of a kit-built plane that crashed Monday near Magnolia.

Dead is Kenneth Hetzel of Yorkville, Illinois. The FAA says the 63-year-old man was the registered owner of the airplane.

The crash happened in Duplin County Monday Afternoon.

Troopers say the federal aviation administration was on scene Tuesday in Magnolia.

The experimental plane that took off from Wilmington crashed about 500 yards away from a mobile home park.

An airport spokesman in Wilmington said the plane came in Sunday night and the pilot spent the night at a local hotel before flying out again Monday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. The crash happened about 15 minutes later.

Hetzel was the only person on board.


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A small private plane has crashed in Duplin County.

The FAA says there is one confirmed fatality.

Sheriff Blake Wallace tells WITN News the single engine plane went down in some woods off Highway 903 near Magnolia. The crash scene is near a mobile home park.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Vans RV 6 is an experimental, kit-built airplane. The plane, built in 2007, is registered to a man in Yorkville, Illinois.

The plane left Wilmington at 12:27 p.m. and was headed to Louisburg, which is northeast of Raleigh. An airport spokesman says the pilot came in last night to Wilmington, stayed in a local hotel and then left this afternoon.


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