News Plane Crashes — 06 May 2017

Authorities say a Rhode Island man died when his single-engine plane flipped and crashed as it tried to land at a Florida airport.

Clearwater Public Safety spokesman Rob Shaw said 44-year-old James R. Fink of Exeter, Rhode Island, tried to land his 2007 Cirrus fixed-wing aircraft Friday evening at Clearwater Airpark.

According to Shaw, the plane came to rest upside down on the runway after it flipped and crashed.

The runway remained closed Saturday morning as airport officials waited for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Shaw said Fink had flown to Clearwater for a business conference. No one else was in the plane, and no injuries on the ground were reported.

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An Exeter man has been killed in a small plane crash in Florida, authorities announced Saturday.

The crash happened Friday in Clearwater, Florida, according to WFLA. The single-engined Cirrus plane was attempting to land when it crashed, fatally injuring the pilot.

He was identified Saturday morning as 44 year-old James Fink of Exeter, who authorities said was flying into town for a business conference.

Nobody else was injured and federal investigators are still on the scene trying to determine what caused the crash; local officials told that they suspect a gust of wind caused the plane to tip over at the moment it touched down.

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