Pilot in Wednesday's plane crash identified

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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WTVY) - New information on a story WTVY first brought you Wednesday night.

We now know the name of the pilot killed in a Holmes County plane crash.

Clarence Eddis Bowers died when the single-engine plane he was flying went down and burst into flames.

The Holmes County Sheriff's Office tells us pilot Clarence Bowers was also the manager at Tri-county Airport, near Bonifay.

Wednesday afternoon, he took a piper aircraft for a test flight - and minutes later, as he tried to land at the airport, it burst into flames.

People tell WTVY Bowers was an experienced pilot, who loved to take others flying.

Zane Smith says, " Flying with him was a little nerve wracking whenever we got off the ground felt like everything sank into you but whenever we got leveled out it was like you can fly yourself like an angel and right now he's up there with them. "

The FAA and the NTSB spent Thursday at the crash site and say their investigation could last more than a year.

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