Authorities ID pilot killed in Valdosta crash

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Lowndes County authorities have released
the name of a Florida man who died when his experimental plane went
down in a pasture.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine said the crash occurred just
before 7 p.m. Saturday off Interstate 75 near the Valdosta Regional
Airport.

Fifty-seven-year-old William C. Howard of Monticello, Fla., was
killed.

Prine says the aircraft went down after the pilot told air traffic controllers he had smoke in the cockpit.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called in to investigate
and the sheriff's office will assist.


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