The pilot of a Europa experimental aircraft that went down just north of Shreveport today has been identified as David Williamson, 71, of Bossier City.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane in distress around 11:40 a.m. flying low over LA Hwy. 71. At 12:06 p.m., a motorist called the Caddo Sheriff's Office and reported a plane down at 5000 Hwy. 71 North. Emergency crews responded and found Williamson strapped in the plane, which had crashed between several oak trees on a private farm just outside the city. He was dead at the scene.
The Sheriff's Office confirmed that Williamson took off from the downtown airport at 11:39 a.m. He was not required to file a flight plan, nor did he do so. Before taking off, Williamson said he was heading to the north practice area about seven miles from the airport, and it was not necessary to monitor him on RADAR.
Investigators with the Caddo Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit documented the crash and will turn over their information to the FAA, which is expected on site tonight, and the NTSB, which will arrive tomorrow from Colorado.
From Caddo Sheriff's Office
Caddo Sheriff's officials tell KMSS, a private single-engine plane crashed on Highway 71, about 2 miles north of the Shreveport city limits.
The accident was reported by a passerby who saw the wreckage sometime before noon Wednesday.
A spokeswoman says one elder male, believed to be the pilot, is dead, but their name has not been released.
The National Transportation Safety Board, emergency crews and the Caddo Sheriff's Office is on the scene.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash.