Pilot dies in Jackson County plane crash

Pilot dies in Jackson County plane crash

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Jackson County man is dead after a day of flying went horribly wrong.

The Jackson County Sheriff says that a call came in around 7 p.m. on Monday concerning a small plane crash in the Macedonia community on County Road 411.

Authorities found an ultralight plane that had crashed between two houses.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were on scene the morning after this ultralight plane crashed between two houses, working to determine what caused the crash.

The pilot has been identified as 54-year-old Rodney Cagle of Macedonia.

First responders say the pilot was still strapped into the plane and was alive when they found him, but died shortly after.

"From what I understand he had just purchased the aircraft and was practicing touch and go landings and according to witnesses he bounced on one of the landings and ended up crashing into a tree," says Sheriff Chuck Phillips.

Cagle's body has been taken to the Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

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