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One Dead In Monongalia County Plane Crash, Name Released
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Reported: Jun. 22, 2012 11:43 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 12:25 PM EDT
Morgantown , West Virginia
Authorities have released the name of the pilot who was killed when a small airplane crashed in northern West Virginia late last week.
Media outlets report that the state Medical Examiner's Office identified the pilot as 63-year-old Richard Lee Lambert of Columbus, Ohio.
Investigators say the pilot contacted the Morgantown Municipal Airport before the Hawker Beechcraft BE90 hit two communications towers near Coopers Rock State Forest and crashed on June 22.
The pilot had just dropped off passengers at a western Pennsylvania resort.
Todd Gunther with the National Transportation Safety Board has said air traffic control established radar contact with the plane but it was lost moments later.
The investigation of the crash is continuing.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say one person is dead after a plane struck a radio tower in Coopers Rock State Forest and crashed.
Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner confirmed the fatality. It is unclear whether or not anyone else was on board.
Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a Hawker Beechcraft BE90 but would not provide ownership information.
The plane crashed 7.5 miles east of Morgantown around 10 a.m. Friday. The FAA was notified about 45 minutes later.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting says one of its radio towers was hit. Broadcasting director Bill Acker says a technician tells him the antenna at the top is gone.
That could disrupt public television service in the Morgantown area. Acker says it's too soon to tell if there's more damage or other services are affected.
Authorities say a small plane has crashed in northern West Virginia.
Monongalia County emergency management chief Mike Wolfe said he'd just arrived on the scene and didn't have many details. A twin-engine plane crashed around 10 a.m. Friday.
There was no immediate word on fatalities, but a state medical examiner was on the scene.
The site is near Sand Springs Road, between the Cheat Lake and Coopers Rock areas in western Monongalia County.
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