GRANITE QUARRY -- Federal Aviation Administration investigators are in Rowan County on Monday, looking into the fatal crash of an experimental-style lightweight aircraft Sunday evening.
The crash killed Cecil Dwayne Brown, 49, of Faith. The Rowan County Sheriffs Office says Brown was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed shortly before 6 p.m. off Old Stone House Road near Granite Quarry. The aircraft went down near the Shaw Mobile Home Park, according to the Rowan County Sheriffs Office.
The countys 911 center began receiving phone calls around 6 p.m. from people who said they witnessed the crash. Crews from the Granite Quarry and Union fire departments, along with at least five other agencies, also responded.
They found the aircraft was badly damaged in the crash. One person who saw the plane go down told News Charlotte, the Observers news partner, that the craft was having problems before the crash.
It was awfully close to the treetops, and then his motor cut off, Tanner Hardwood told WCNC-TV.
According to several reports Monday morning, the aircraft had taken off a short time before the crash from the Salisbury airport.
Authorities remained at the scene overnight.
News Charlotte contributed