Kentucky authorities: Pilot of small plane dies in crash

(Information from: WPSD-TV,

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say the pilot of a small plane has died in a crash not far from a regional airport.

News outlets report Airport Authority Board Chair George Bray confirmed a plane downed near the Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah on Thursday night.

McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter says the plane crashed into a wooded area. He confirmed to WPSD the pilot who died was the only person on board. He says investigators are working to identify the victim and notify family.

Airport Manager Dennis Rouleau told WPSD the plane was a single-engine aircraft. Airport Marketing Director Eddie Grant says it was on final approach to the airport when it crashed about 4 miles (6 kilometers) away.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will also investigate.

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