A federal investigation has been launched into a plane crash over the weekend that killed a Denver man in Catawba County.
James B. Thomas died Sunday after his aircraft crashed in a Newton wheat field shortly after lifting off from Laneys Airport, located on Pool View Drive in Maiden.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. near Balls Creek School Road, according to various news media outlets.
Thomas owned the plane, a Starduster II SA-300, which had been built using a kit.
Kathleen Bergen, with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Public Affairs Office, told the Times-News in an email Tuesday morning that her agency would be looking into the crash but that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would be determining probable cause in the case.
The amateur-built plane, not crafted in a factory, was certified in 2011, Bergen said.
Both the FAA and NTSB are conducting an ongoing investigation.
The Times-News contacted NTSB officials on Tuesday. A call had yet to be returned at time of publication.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.