One killed in Dooly County plane crash

One person was killed Thursday morning after a crop-dusting aircraft crashed while trying to land at a landing strip in Pinehurst, officials said.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Cessna 188-B aircraft, which was owned by A&C Ag Aviation, crashed sometime this morning. Officials from the Dooly County Sheriff’s Office contacted the FAA at 11:45 a.m.

Bergen said sheriff’s officials and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which led to the death of the plane’s pilot. Investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash, she said.

The pilot’s name has not been released. Sheriff’s officials were on the scene and unavailable for comment.

David Chancy, president of A&C Ag Aviation, declined to comment, saying investigators have asked him not to give out any information before the pilot’s family has been informed of the crash.