One confirmed dead in Edgar County plane crash

PARIS — One person is confirmed dead after a plane crash in Edgar County Tuesday morning, according to Edgar County emergency personnel.

August Griffin, the county clerk and public information officer for Edgar County Emergency Services Disaster Agency, said that at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday a passerby noticed a small fire in a wooded area on the edge of the Edgar County Airport, which is a few miles north of Paris.

Griffin said emergency officials with the Edgar County Sheriff's department and fire department responded to the call and confirmed that a twin engine plane had crashed in the wooded area just east of the airport. Griffin said there is one unidentified occupant, and Edgar County Coroner Pete Templeton has confirmed one fatality, but the name and gender of the person is not being released.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 421, a small two-engine plane, crashed about one mile east of the airport, and only the pilot was on board.

FAA investigators are on the scene, along with the National Transporation Safety Board, which is in charge of the investigation.

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