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UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 critically hurt in plane crash into lake

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 8:19 a.m. CDT; updated 11:40 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 25, 2012

MARYLAND HEIGHTS — The pilot of a small plane is dead and his wife critically injured after the aircraft crashed into a St. Louis County lake.

The pilot is identified as 78-year-old Russell Hazelton of Factoryville, Pa. His wife, 69-year-old Suzanne Hazelton, is in critical condition.

The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. A witness said the Piper PA-28 Cherokee single-engine plane appeared to be attempting to land on the shore of the lake but instead ended up in the water, then flipped on its back.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the plane took off from Delaware, Ohio, and was scheduled to land at Creve Coeur Airport, which is near the lake.

 


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