April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:20 p.m. CST
BLACKBURN, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities have identified the pilot who
died when his single-engine airplane crashed in a field yesterday
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 46-year-old William
Hewitt was checking natural gas pipelines in the Saline County area
when his plane crashed. He was working for a Kansas company.
Initial reports suggested the plane clipped a power line and
bounced once before crashing to the ground.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the
National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the cause of