Pilot killed in Iowa plane crash identified

Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 16:09:58-05

Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a small engine plane crash Thursday.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 65-year-old  John W. Rogers, of Omaha, was found dead inside the single-engine aircraft after it crashed along Interstate 29, north of Council Bluffs, around noon.

“Early reports indicate the aircraft encountered issues shortly after departing from Eppley airport just prior to the crash,” officials said in a statement Friday.

According to witnesses, the plane was flying low when it turned to the west and hit power lines along the east side of Joslin Avenue.

“After striking the power lines, it was reported that the plane ‘catrwheeled’ and crashed nose first into the median, flipping and coming to rest on its roof,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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