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Pilot killed in Fayette County crash identified

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board started their investigation Monday into a deadly plan crash Saturday afternoon in Fayette County.

Meanwhile, the pilot killed in the crash was identified by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

At the site of the crash, sheriff's deputies stood guide Monday, blocking all access to the empty field where the plane crashed.

From the street, thick woods block the view.  But deep inside the woods, trudging through a small pond, investigators worked at the site where the small, single-engine plane crashed.

Curiosity ruled the day as onlookers tried to figure out for themselves what happened.

"I wanted to come by and check it out - see what was going on," Fayette County resident Leo Johnson said. "Maybe see if there was anything I could do to help."

Authorities have still not determined why the plane went down.

Monday, Fayette County Sheriff's Department Inspector Raymond Garcia identified the pilot as Ray K. Davis of Germantown.  Davis owned the plane that crashed, Garcia said.

Federal investigators said at the scene said they were collecting as much information as possible about the plane, the Davis, and his flight's procedure.

Ultimately, the NTSB will decide what caused the crash, and if Davis was trying to make it to the small airstrip not far from where the plane went down.

Onlooker Tony Ammons of Fayette County said Saturday's crash was not the first at that site.

"Second one," he said.  "This happened over here - these fields."

Ammons said it was the second deadly plane crash in the past three years in this spot.

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