ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - A pilot who died after his airplane crashed 3 quarters of a mile from the runway at South Alabama Regional Airport in Andalusia is being identified.
Doug Dahl, 58, of Indian Springs, Colorado was killed Sunday afternoon when his plane went down in south Alabama. Eyewitnesses said the plane made several passes around the airport before it went straight down. The plane apparently dipped its left wing and went into the trees.
Covington County Chief Deputy David Anderson said the pilot was the only person in the plane, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Butch Wilson of the National Transportation Safety Board said the crash happened around 4:55pm and involved an experimental, amateur built airplane called a "Barracuda". The craft was made of wood, Wilson said.
While the aircraft's wooden composition didn't make it any less safe, according to Wilson, it could have made it easier for the plane to catch fire if there was a problem.
According to the manufacturer of the plane, this is the first fatal accident related to a Clayborn R Experimental Amateur Built Airplane.
It wasn't immediately known how many hours of flight time Dahl accumulated in the craft before its crash.
Dahl was a general contractor and personally owned the airplane. Officials say he leaves behind a wife and children.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.