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Pilot identified in deadly Saunders Co. crash

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 16:17:59-04

Saunders County Sheriff's officials have identified the pilot killed in Sunday's plane crash. 

The victim was identified as 27-year-old Michael Trubilla.

SCSO said they was notified from a witness on Sunday, that a plane went down northwest of Leshara in a field.

Officials say the plane was a twin engine Beechcraft Baron. 

Ofificals say the crash resulted in two fatalities: 61-year-old Ron Panting of Papillion and Trubilla, a Captain from Reading, Pennsylvania residing at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.

The National Transportation Safety Board, who is in charge of the investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

Officials say a witness advised that the plane was flying from the southeast to the northwest and they could hear the engine sputtering prior to the crash. Rescue and Fire Departments from Mead, Valley, Waterloo, and Yutan were dispatched to the scene.