- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WANTAGE, N.J. (AP) - The pilot found dead in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed last month has been identified.

The New Jersey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1XOZsva) that 59-year-old Lu Chen, of Elmira, New York, was alone in the six-seat 1966 Cessna plane that was found in a wooded area in Wantage on May 19.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that Chen never filed a flight plan and the plane had not been reported missing.

The plane was found three days after it crashed, upside down and with its wings torn off.

Civil Air Patrol Maj. Bill Martin has said it appears the aircraft hit a tree line while trying to land in the field.

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