- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Federal aviation officials are investigating a plane crash at Shreveport’s Downtown Airport that left the sole occupant, the pilot, dead.

Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton told multiple media outlets the crash of the single-engine Cessna 172 happened Friday about 5:30 p.m. Wolverton says the pilot had been doing “touch and gos,” which involve taking off and landing again repeatedly.

Fire officials have not released the victim’s name. Wolverton said the man was between 50 to 60 years old and declared “deceased on scene.” An autopsy will help determine if the pilot’s death was health-related or caused by the crash.

The crash happened some 700 yards from the airport’s primary runway, which was closed so the Federal Aviation Administration could investigate.

The airport reopened Saturday morning.

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