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1 killed in Highlands Ranch plane crash

Published On: Mar 29 2014 06:53:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 29 2014 07:10:09 PM CDT
Highlands Ranch Plane Crash
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -

A small plane has crashed in an empty field near a shopping center south of Denver, leaving one person dead.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Teller said the victim of the Saturday afternoon crash was believed to be the pilot, the only person believed to be aboard. Teller said his department had no reports of anyone on the ground being injured. He said it was not yet clear from where the plane took off or where it was headed

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane was a Sonerai, a type of aircraft designed to be built in a home workshop. Kenitzer said the plane sustained substantial damage.

Kenitzer says the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

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