- Associated Press - Thursday, March 22, 2018

PIERCE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a plane crash in northeast Nebraska’s Pierce County.

Sheriff Rick Eberhardt tells radio station KNEN that 69-year-old James Fritz was found dead at the crash site by deputies responding to the crash. An autopsy was performed Thursday.

Investigators believe the small, single-engine aircraft went down Wednesday a little after 6:15 p.m., about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northwest of Pierce.

KNEN says Fritz lived at a house directly across a highway from the field where he crashed and had a hangar and landing strip on his property.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were on scene investigating on Thursday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board announced it will be investigating.


Information from: KNEN-FM, http://www.knenfm.com

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