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FAA: 1 dead in crash of experimental plane in NC

MAGNOLIA, N.C. -- One person is dead following the crash of an experimental aircraft in eastern North Carolina. The Federal Aviation Administration says the experimental aircraft went down in a wooded area around 12:45 p.m. near the town of Magnolia in Duplin County. An FAA spokeswoman described the plane as an RV-6. The pilot of the aircraft has not been identified. The FAA had no further details on the crash early Monday afternoon. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The RV6 is a home built aircraft but there's nothing experimental about it. It's been around since 1985 and there are probably a couple of thousand flying around.

RV-6 Crash

I'm sorry to hear of this. I hope that the pilot wasn't one of my friends or associates. In any case, I'm sorry for his family's loss. The weather today was terrible for flying. I called the ATIS just to check the conditions at ILM at around 3:00 today. The wind wasn't bad. It was 050 at 06. The visibility was 1 mile. Ceilings were broken at 700 feet. It actually looked worse than that, but none the less, definitely IFR conditions. I don't know what the weather was in Magnolia, but it probably wasn't a whole lot better than it was in Wilmington......not a whole lot of fun to fly in those conditions to begin with.