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Pilot killed in Power County plane crash

UPDATE:

Power County officials say the plane is registered to Robert Wheeler, 52, of California.

Though they haven’t been able to confirm Wheeler’s the one in the plane, Power County officials were able to contact Wheeler’s family who told them that he had left California around 7:30 a.m. Friday with some luggage and his black German Shepard and had not heard from him since.

The plane currently holds a 2020 registration out of New Hampshire, though the tail number has a Massachusetts registration. Officials say Wheeler held a New Hampshire address.

As of 10:45 a.m. Saturday, NTSB and FAA representatives have not made it to the site

ORIGINAL:

A single-engine plane pilot was killed when his plane went down in a field off Lamb Weston Road just outside American Falls in rural Power County shortly after noon Friday. A dog on-board the plane was also killed.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but none of the landing gears were engaged, so authorities do not think the pilot was attempting to land.

The Power County Sheriff’s Office said the plane was registered in New Hampshire. At this time, authorities do not know where it came from or where it was headed. There were no distress calls from the plane.

A Fed Ex driver spotted the plane in the field at around Noon Friday.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board personnel are expected to be on the scene Saturday.

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