(WMC-TV) - The NTSB is investigating a small plane crash in Fayette County that killed a pilot Sunday afternoon.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused the small plane to go down.
Fayette County resident Jackie McIntosh said she never imagined a plane would come crashing down in a field near her home. She said she had just seen the pilot moments before the plane took off.
"There were two guys standing there," said McIntosh. "It's quite a ways away, so I couldn't really see who it was, but they were looking at the engine."
Investigators said the ultralight plane crashed in the field in the 5800 block of Yum Yum Road while the pilot was doing some tests. The plane had already taken off and landed several times during the day.
"They had put several flight hours on the plane today and had been working on some modifications on the plane," said Inspector Ray Garcia with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. "The plane had taken off, cleared a tree line, then nose-dived into the ground."
As the plane went up in flames, neighbors rushed in to try to help the pilot, who was alone aboard the aircraft. Investigators identified the pilot as 50-year-old Byron Moore of Cordova.
"Several of the landowners were able to get the pilot out of the plane," said Garcia. "The pilot was deceased on the scene."
Members of the FAA and NTSB were notified to look further into the cause of the crash.
Action News 5's Jamel Major captured this video of the scene where the plane crashed Sunday.