1 Dead in Plainville Plane Crash

The plane went down at Robertson Airport, fire officials said.

Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:02 PM EDT
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1 Dead in Plainville Plane Crash

Terri Mongeon

Fire engulfs a plane that crashed just off the runway at Robertson Airport in Plainville Thursday.

A man was killed when a plane crashed at Robertson Airport in Plainville on Thursday evening.

The crash caused the single-engine Cessna 172 to burst into flames.

The man's name has not been released. He was in his 50s, according to the town manager.

He had rented the plane from Robertson Airport, Bob Gretz, of the The National Transportation Safety Board, said.

He had 1,000 hours of flying time on the aircraft, was familiar with the airport and might have been coming from Martha's Vineyard, Gretz said.

A witness said the plane appeared to have crashed at the northwest side of the airport, just off the runway.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Officials said it appears the plane crashed into a berm as it tried to land.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a ball of fire.

Residents said this was before severe weather moved through. Officials are not saying weather was a factor.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are investigation the accident. They are looking at all factors, including mechanical and weather.

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