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1 dead in Union County plane crash

One person is dead after an amateur-built plane crashed in Union County on Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred on JAARS Road just south of the JAARS-Towsend Airport shortly before 3 p.m.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The plane was not connected to the JAARS organization, a spokesman said in an e-mail. The nonprofit provides flight services to translators and support personnel to further bible translation across the globe. It also operates the airport just south of Waxhaw.

The Federal Aviation Administration said an AVID FLYER MK4 amateur-built plane crashed in a wooded area. The pilot was the only person on board, according to the FAA.

Television news cameras showed white debris – apparently the remnants of the plane – beneath the tree canopy. WCNC-TV contributed.