Small plane crashes into woods after takeoff; pilot killed

AP News
Posted: Oct 24, 2015 4:37 PM

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A pilot who died when a single-engine plane crashed on takeoff from a Massachusetts airport has been identified as a Connecticut man.

Worcester (WUS'-tur) District Attorney Joseph Early says Putnam, Connecticut, resident Gary Weller was the only person on the 1996 Mooney M20M when it crashed Saturday morning. The 66-year-old Weller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Early says the plane veered to the right after takeoff and crashed into woods on Worcester Regional Airport property.

Weller didn't file a flight plan. Early says it's unclear where Weller was planning to fly the plane.

The prosecutor's office and the National Transportation Safety Board are among the agencies investigating the crash.