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KSP UPDATE: Pilot’s Identity Not Confirmed; Cause of Crash Unknown

KSP UPDATE: Pilot’s Identity Not Confirmed; Cause of Crash Unknown

Bill Stephens

June 2nd, 2016

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UPDATE (6-2-2016 at 2:30 pm): Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and FAA have been on-scene investigating the plane crash today. Police say investigators have removed the plane’s engine for further examination, but the cause of the crash has not yet been determined and will likely be months to make that determination.

According to KSP, officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office also have not positively identified the body recovered at the crash site. Police indicate other identifying methods are in the process of being used to assist in the identification (i.e., medical and dental records).

Furthermore, KSP says no arrangements have been made to remove the aircraft from its location due to the various natural barriers and obstacles, making extraction difficult. A decision will likely be made in the coming days.

Kentucky State Police and Civil Air Patrol had been searching for the missing pilot, 70 year old Robert Dalzell of Owensboro, and his 2012 green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed wing plane since Monday morning when He was on a return flight to Owensboro from the Falls of Rough airport in Grayson County. Police said Dalzell’s last cell phone activity ping was at 11:32 a.m. Monday and was within five miles of the Falls of Rough airport in Grayson County.

According to police, the wreckage was spotted by a helicopter around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday deep inside a wooded area near the Hancock/Breckinridge county line. Police indicate the crash site was very difficult to get to. Although police say the pilot’s identity has not been confirmed, Dalzell’s family was notified Wednesday after the discovery of the plane crash site.

KSP was assisted by the FAA, Hancock County Coroner’s Office and KY Medical Examiner’s Office.

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