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UPDATE: Man killed in para-plane crash identified as 80-year-old from Doddridge County

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Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 8:06 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/4/18

An elderly man killed in a small plane crash has been identified as 80-year-old Doit Koppler of Doddridge County.

Koppler was operating a para-plane- a one occupant sport/recreational' aircraft. It is supported by a parachute and propelled by a small engine behind the seat.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

UPDATE 7/3/18

Deputies were on scene all night securing the area where a small plane crashed Monday night. The Federal Aviation Agency arrived to further investigate early Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred on a landing strip off of River Road in Pennsboro.

According to officials on scene, the passenger was identified as an 80-year-old man. His name is not being released at this time.

It is still unclear what led to the crash. Evidence shows propellers were still moving at the time of the incident.

Stick with 5 News for the latest.


UPDATE

Ritchie County Sheriff Terrance Snodgrass said the pilot was flying a paraplane. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Authorities aren't releasing the name of the pilot at this time.

The Ritchie County Sheriff's Department will be staying at the scene of the crash overnight for security.

Members of the Pennsboro, Ellenboro and Greenwood fire departments were on scene, as well as the Ritchie County Ambulance Authority. State Police also responded.


UPDATE

Authorities on scene say they have located the aircraft and the pilot is deceased. The coroner has been called to the scene.

No further information is available at this time.


ORIGINAL STORY

First responders are currently searching for a small aircraft that may have went down in the woods in Pennsboro.

According to dispatchers, they received calls that a small aircraft, possibly a glider, may have gone down in the woods.

Members of the Pennsboro, Ellenboro and Greenwood fire departments are on scene, as well as the Ritchie County Ambulance Authority.

5 News is on the way to the scene.

Check back for the latest.