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UPDATE: Pilot Identified in Harrison County Fatal Plane Crash

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The FAA said the plane that crashed in Harrison County has been identified as a Beechcraft BE-33 aircraft.

Only the pilot was on board, according to Kathleen Bergen of the FAA. Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano identified the pilot on Monday as Barry Wayne Parks, 68, of Fairmont.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the airplane ran into trees around 1400 ft. just below a ridge line and the aircraft wreckage rolled down the mountain about 600 or 700 feet. The plane left from the Fairmont airport and was planning to return to Fairmont airport. Knudson said the NTSB investigator described the crash as a "high energy impact" with "highly fragmented wreckage".

The NTSB's investigator finished work at the crash scene Sunday and will recover the wreckage once the weather improves, said Knudson. The NTSB will release a preliminary report later this week.

Original Story:

One person is dead after a plane crash in Harrison County on Saturday.

Harrison County 911 said it happened on Postlewait Hollow Road just outside of Lumberport around 12:15 p.m.

Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano has confirmed at least one person is dead. It is unknown at this time how many people were on the plane, which he described as a small, single-engine plane.

"Landowners spotted a plane that appeared to be in trouble and heard crashing sounds up in the woods," said Marano.

Crews are utilizing UTVs and ATVs to secure the scene until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives, according to Sheriff Marano.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department, State Police, and search-and-rescue crews are all on scene.

The FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Stick with 12 News as this story develops.

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