News Plane Crashes — 04 April 2017

WILLISTON, Fla. – A pilot was killed Tuesday morning in the crash of a small plane in Marion County, officials said.

The crash was reported around 9:10 a.m. in a pasture at 21850 NW 150th Avenue Road in Williston, Marion County Fire Rescue officials said. First responders arrived about 25 minutes later because severe weather had knocked down trees and blocked roads, officials said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials said.

A tornado warning was issued for northern Marion County around the time of the crash. Officials did not say if the storm contributed to the crash.

“This plane did go down during the severe weather warnings that we were having (Tuesday) morning,” Marion County sheriffs’ spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier said. “Our investigation will be ongoing to see if that was the cause of the crash.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a VIRUS-SW experimental aircraft that was flying from Sebring Regional Airport to Oconee County Regional Airport in Clemson, South Carolina.

A tent covered the wreckage of the plane crash Tuesday as investigators with NTSB and FAA went through the pieces.

The crash victim has not been identified yet.

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