PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - UPDATED information from RPSO:
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office released this photo of the scene where a small plane crashed near the property of the Alexandria VA late Friday morning (Photo credit: RPSO).
The pilot of a small plane is dead following a crash near the grounds of the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital around 11:47 a.m. Friday according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.
RPSO says the Tioga Sub-station received a call from the Pineville Police Department reporting the possible crash of a small aircraft near Buhlow Lake and the grounds of the VA.
Deputies along with VA Police, VA Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department, Alpine Fire Department and troopers with the Louisiana State Police, responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, first responders located the wreckage of a single engine private aircraft in a thick, brush covered area between the VA and Bulow Lake. Deputies located the body of the pilot, who appeared to be the only occupant of the aircraft, deceased.
The Rapides Parish Coronors Office responded to the scene to take custody of the body. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and has taken over the investigation. Investigators say an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of their investigation to determine official cause of death.
The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until propper notification of family members is made. Deputies did determine the pilot was not from the central Louisiana area.
4:30 p.m. Story:
KALB has learned that a small, single engine plane crashed near the property of the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital in Pineville late Friday morning.
A source tells KALB that the crash involved a single fatality, though the name of the person or the plane’s tail number have not yet been released to the public.
Several agencies responded to the scene including the Pineville and VA Fire Departments, RPSO and State Police. The NTSB is working with those agencies in the investigation.
RPSO said that the wreckage was found in a thick, brush-covered area between the VA and Buhlow Lake.
The body was taken into custody by the Rapides Parish Coroner's Office. Investigators said an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of the investigation.
It has been determined that the pilot was not from the Cenla area.