One person is dead after small aircraft crashes in Union County woods

Small aircraft crashed Friday in Union County woods.
Small aircraft crashed Friday in Union County woods. WBTV

One person was killed Friday afternoon when the ultralight plane he was flying crashed in a wooded area on the outskirts of Monroe.

Authorities identified the pilot as Robert William Schroll, 59, of Pageland, S.C., according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. The crash happened about 4 p.m. at 4108 Poplin Road in Monroe, city spokesman Pete Hovanec said.

In November, Schroll crashed near the same location but survived. He suffered a concussion and neck fractures.

This time, witnesses said the plane appeared to lose power and went down into a wooded area roughly between Monroe and Indian Trail.

Monroe police and fire departments responded and put out a subsequent fire.

The FAA was notified and will handle the overall investigation of the cause and other information related to the crash, Hovanec said. Union County’s medical examiner made arrangements for the body to be sent to Charlotte for an autopsy.

David Perlmutt