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Pilot Killed In Crash Of Single-Engine Plane In Tennessee

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 19:01:20-04

Authorities said one person was killed in a single-engine plane crash in Hamilton County.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a two-seat plane crashed near an airstrip while taking off at the municipal airport in Collegedale on Friday.

Airport officials said the pilot was killed. He has been identified as 62-year-old Robert Gillisse, of Ooltewah.

Chris Swain, director of operations at Collegedale Municipal Airport in Hamilton County, said both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will investigate.

The newspaper reported five other planes have crashed at the airport since 2004, resulting in 11 fatalities.